Like Olympic sprinters, trains race down tracks at high speed, but unlike most sprinters, trains stopped subsisting on coal years ago. Feed your appetite for adventure with this Groupon.
- $22.75 for two tickets to ride the K&T Railway (a $45.50 value)
The train covers a 14-mile route through mountains and streams as it slowly descends 600 feet into the gorge of the Big South Fork River. During a 90-minute layover, passengers can enjoy a self-guided tour of the Blue Heron coal-mining camp, a national park site that was used for mining from 1937 to 1962. Passengers also pass through Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and receive admission to the McCreary County Museum in Stearns. Roundtrip rides last approximately three hours and run rain or shine.
Big South Fork Scenic Railway
Stearns Coal & Lumber Company, which controlled more than 200 square miles of land in Kentucky and Tennessee, built the K&T Railway to navigate and export its vast mountain resources. Now owned by a nonprofit organization, the K&T Railway still chugs along the same scenic pathways, importing sightseers and history buffs to glimpse the area's coal, lumber, and railroading past. Trips down into the gorge of the Big South Fork River drop almost 600 feet of elevation in 5 miles, with the train's sturdy engine conquering the steep mountain descent and ascent. In addition to traditional trips, the railway also offers specialty excursions that include hiking trips, twilight Halloween-themed rides, and a Santa Express fueled by the burning presents of disobedient children.