Best Kid-Friendly Fall Train Trips Near Atlanta
Get out of town for the day or plan an overnight trip with these train experiences in Atlanta and beyond. Let your kids view beautiful fall leaves and enjoy seasonal programing on your way. Reservations are required, so make your plans now!
Blue Ridge, Ga.
The tours go around the Toccoa River and to the towns of McCaysville, Ga. and Copperhill, Tenn. Great views of colorful fall foliage on the Fall Foliage tours Sept. 29-Nov. 12. The 26-mile round trip winds along the Toccoa River in a vintage climate-controlled or open-air rail car.
Oct. 29. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The 1-hour trips takes families to Farmer Brown’s field where children and adults can pick out a pumpkin, greet Farmer Brown and then return to Blue Ridge.
Bryson City, N.C.
Over 50 miles of track through many tunnels and bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad takes you and your kids on journeys through scenic areas of North Carolina. This Railroad offers a variety of round-trip excursions including lots of opportunity for fall leaf viewing. Trips range from a few hours to a full day of adventure.
Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express
Weekends in Oct. Fri. 3:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Noon and 3:30 p.m.
Guests will hear a narration of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train heads to the pumpkin patch. Kids can then pick their own pumpkin, meet Charlie, Lucy and Snoopy and enjoy hayrides and trick-or-treating. Kids can wear costumes.
Ride the Missionary Ridge Local, which travels through the Civil War era Missionary Ridge Tunnel. Several other themed trips available.
Halloween Eerie Express
Weekends in Oct. Fri 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. 3:35 p.m., 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Board a vintage train for a trip through Missionary Ridge Tunnel. Once arriving at the Funhouse Station, riders disembark and enter the Funhouse area. Here families will find storytelling, black light mini golf and a fun house. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, and prizes will be given for the best costume.
Blowing Rock, N.C.
Hop on a train or a carnival ride, and don’t miss the live shows, farm animals and other fun activities. Several themed trips available.
Ghost Train Halloween Festival
Sept. 22-23; 29-30; weekends in Oct. Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Visit the 3-D maze, the Warp Tunnel and then hop on the Ghost Train. Older kids and adults, visit the Haunted House.
Watermelon or Peanut Express Train Rides: Travel to Jimmy Carter’s childhood home by train, explore the museum and sample peanut butter treats. During the Peanut Express, explore the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum.
Closer to Home
Climb aboard the full-size locomotive from the 1940s with open-air cars that will take you on a five-mile excursion around the mountain. Marvel at beautiful views of Stone Mountain and the surrounding landscape. Included with daily Adventure Pass.
Walk around and explore the 90 pieces of historic steam and diesel locomotives. Kids can pretend to be a engineer for the day while they explore train cabooses, see giant wheels and more. Don’t miss the Second Thursday preschool program every month.
Experience the history of railroads in the South through models and hands-on activities. Kids can head to the telegraph stations to send messages via Morse Code or drive a replica train on their own. The Mommy & Me Preschool Program is every Thursday, and includes different themes each month.