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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

Siesta Key, Florida
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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

I would like to experience the GSM and ride the train. I can't fit both in my schedule. going with 2 teenagers. Which train ride would you recommend.

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1. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

The RR is scenic in fall imo but my kids thought it was super slow. We have ridden it a number of times over the years.

Decatur, Georgia
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2. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad is not the same as the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

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3. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

Blue Ridge Scenic Train -

http://www.brscenic.com/

Is based in a town in Georgia, on the NW side of the state.

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is based in Bryson City, NC - 70+ miles away to the NE

http://www.gsmr.com/

The Incline Railway is in Chattanooga, taking people up the mountain (incline) to the top at Lookout Mountain. That is 80+ miles NW of the town of Blue Ridge, GA.

http://www.ridetheincline.com/

Exactly where do you plan to be on your trip? That may help you choose which one to take.

I like the GSM because it's outside the NE corner of GA (my personal favorite) and it's closer to the Great Smoky Mountains/ Blue Ridge mountains.

Edited: 16 March 2018, 06:20
Siesta Key, Florida
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4. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

I will be in Asheville, NC for 2 nights, going to Chatanooga and Atlanta

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5. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

As you leave Asheville NC, on the way to Atlanta, you will (or can) drive past Bryson City where the GSMRR is. That makes sense along your route. If you are going to Chattanooga, you may want to ride the incline RR, which is funicular (only purpose to climb the mountain - from base to top and back down).

You could take a detour to Blue Ridge to take the BRSR. If you do the one in NC, I don't see a reason to do both.

Siesta Key, Florida
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6. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

thank you , Blue ridge scenic railroad is 4 hrs ride plus 3 hrs driving to chatanooga. I will look into into shorter rides on great smoky mountain rr or just opt out for the incline train, which my kids will probably enjoy the most

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Georgia
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7. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

If you think they would like horseback riding, I can highly recommend the stables at the Dillard House. They could go on a one hour ride. Plus, you could eat at the very famous Dillard House restaurant - all you can eat country cooking.

There are lots of white-water rafting and float trip options along your route. That would be a lot of fun.

Decatur, Georgia
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8. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

The Incline train is certainly not the same thing as either GSMRR or BRRR. If you want a train ride that isn't it.

Siesta Key, Florida
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9. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

We will be traveling first week of April. Is rafting open that early?

I will look up Dillard restaraunt.

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10. Re: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway vs. Incline Railway

April is too early.

I just checked and tubing (snow) will be closed too.

Dillard House restaurant -

http://www.dillardhouse.com/restaurant/

Dillard House horse back riding -

http://www.dillardhousestables.com/

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