All aboard, classic steam and diesel engines traverse all over the state, through marshes, woodlands, rolling hills and even theme parks. Whether it’s a short ride or a bit longer excursion, Georgia has a locomotive experience for you. Taking a train ride is an awesome way to see the landscape, and it’s an all-around solid family activity. Different seasons even bring uniquely themed rides, and Georgia’s rich past has made many of these experiences an educational one as well. So pick which train suites you best, and grab your tickets!

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Sixflags Over Georgia Train Sixflags Over Georgia Train
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Sixflags Over Georgia Train

Sixflags Over Georgia Train (Nearby Hotels)

Also known as the Marthasville Railroad Station, Sixflag’s route is short but significant. Passengers board the classic open-air carts for an experience aboard a detailed, authentic engine. Circling around Sixflags Over Georgia, the train began its journey before the theme park even opened its doors in the 1960s. Guests could jump on up to see construction on what would become a family tradition in the Peach State. Now you can still chug past rides and excited thrill seekers, as the ride loops around the majority of the park. The train is themed during October’s Fright Fest, and Holiday in the Park during Christmas time—both occasions are great for a quick ride.

North Georgia Live Steamers North Georgia Live Steamers
North Georgia Live Steamers

North Georgia Live Steamers (Nearby Hotels)

Okay, so this is probably not what you were thinking—it’s a mini railroad with micro trains in Conyers. Build to scale, these real steam engine miniatures have been built to inspire other train lovers to build working models and rails. Enjoyable for both kids and adults, it’s unique and a “must visit”.

SAM Shortline Excursion Train SAM Shortline Excursion Train
SAM Shortline Excursion Train

SAM Shortline Excursion Train (Nearby Hotels)

Traversing through Cordele, Americus, Leslie and the hometown of former President Jimmy Carter,  a SAM Shortline train trip is an all day event. Made up of vintage carts from the 1940s, each ride is a scenic journey, along with a historical one. Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, where the Shortline departs, offers fishing, hiking and other outdoor stuff. The Blackshear Resort also resides here, and is a highly ranked lodging option full of southern hospitality. Book a cozy cabin after a day of railroad exploration.

St. Mary's Railroad St Mary's Railroad
St Mary's Railroad

St. Mary's Railroad (Nearby Hotels)

Right on the border of Georgia and Florida, St. Mary’s Railroad features an authentic locomotive that you can even help operate. But tickets for the open air carts are less pricey and allow for unobstructed views of the foliage, river and southern marshes. This part of the state has a specific landscape and a variation of wildlife —hopping on the train is an efficient way to see it all. Fun themes are also incorporated into different rides—fictional characters enact scenes and add an overall exciting element to the hour and a half excursion.

Scenic Railway at Stone Mountain Park Scenic Railway at Stone Mountain Park
Scenic Railway at Stone Mountain Park

Scenic Railway at Stone Mountain Park (Nearby Hotels)

Circling the famous and massive Stone Mountain is a short railroad that used to be utilized for granite quarry work. Coming in a little under four miles, the track allows passengers to explore every side of the mountain from the ground’s perspective. The park is beautiful, featuring plenty of native foliage, water views and of course, many side activities. After a quick train ride, you can decide what to do next—the cable car to the top of the mountain, a boat ride and hiking trails are among favorite things to do. During the warmer months, the laser show is spectacular, and during Christmas the village is draped with countless twinkling lights.

Georgia State Railroad Museum Georgia State Railroad Museum
Georgia State Railroad Museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum (Nearby Hotels)

Located along Georgia’s coast, locomotive enthusiasts can explore old train cars, hand cars and the fully operational turntable. Tour guides take their time to explain and demonstrate different pieces of equipment, and interactive exhibits keep things lively for younger ones. Of course there’s a train ride which you can book separately, and it’s a pleasant 30 minute jaunt around the grounds. Mainly taking place on weekends, the schedule rotates between a steam and diesel engine—it’s an overall informative experience narrated by knowledgeable guides.

Amtrak Via Peachtree Station Peachtree Station
Peachtree Station

Amtrak Via Peachtree Station (Nearby Hotels)

A departure point for Amtrak, you can board at this magnificent station in Atlanta, Georgia, to head for New York, Chicago or even New Mexico. Train travel is an amazing way to see Georgia, and the entire US, either from the comfort of your cozy room, or while dining or lounging in one of the other fancy cars.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (Nearby Hotels)

Trailing through the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, the Blue Ridge Railway is the most scenic for sure. Grab a seat in one of the open air carts if the weather is on point, which in Georgia that would probably be during the fall. The ride isn’t terribly long, and passengers disembark to stroll around another beloved Georgia town, which houses some fun shops and such. During the autumn, the railways stops at a patch to pick pumpkins, and around the holidays, the train transforms into a magical Santa experience.

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