Hiwassee Loop Train Excursion with Tennessee Overhill

Last Updated 1/3/2024

Things to Do in East Tennessee

East Tennessee is known for its natural beauty, one if the unique ways to experience that is via train with the Tennessee Overhill and the Tennessee Valley Railroad. 

Hiwassee Loop December 2023

Working in the world of tourism, you get to experience your backyard through the eyes of your guests. This experience was not a first trip for myself, but it was a first for my guests both veterans of the area and new. Just shy of the last leaves falling along the track, you experience the vast openness of valley. Starting the trip just on the edge of Etowah, you quickly pass over the beautiful Hiwassee River to the corkscrew up the mountain. At one point of the excursion you actually cross under and then cross over the track you were just on. Quite the wild concept when you consider how large the train and feel the shortened timeframe. While on the train, you are free to roam around, there is a snack bar & souvenir options, restrooms, and observation cars with amazing glass domes. 

While you are taking in all the beautiful sights, you are free to roam throughout the cars. Walking in-between the cars, felt just how I envisioned the feeling of the children in the Polar Express movie and we just smiled ear to ear while reminiscing our trip. 

This is an excursion for everyone to enjoy. The train conductor sings and strums your favorite Tennessee ballad after you are immersed in the historical reciting of the creation of the railroad to the unique locations you view along the way. 

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