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.
Tips from Groupon Customers
“MUST SEE, VERY FREINDLY PEOPLE, GREAT TRAIN RIDE, GOOD EDUCATION”
“This is a great experience and a great way to show friends and family some of the area.”
“We enjoyed packing a lunch; however, BSFSR sells an excellent boxed lunch in a personal cooler that is yours to keep. The trip is enjoyable, just the right length for...”
“We enjoyed packing a lunch; however, BSFSR sells an excellent boxed lunch in a personal cooler that is yours to keep. The trip is enjoyable, just the right length for a day excursion, and the route is very scenic with some history of coal mining and the area thrown in.”
100 Henderson Street
Stearns, Kentucky 42647