Big South Fork Scenic Railway

Stearns

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In a Nutshell

A scenic train ride winds through Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork River gorge, taking guests through area's mining past

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Promotional value expires Sep 30, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required; subject to availability. Must use all tickets at the same time. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $18 for two tickets to ride the K&T Railway (a $36 value)
  • $34 for four tickets to ride the K&T Railway (a $72 value)

The train covers a 16-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.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful area!!!!
Joanne L. · October 5, 2013
The Miner's Lunch was good -- a great option for those that don't want to pack a lunch.
Dan G. · October 5, 2013
My family had a blast at Big South Fork Senic Railway. We live about 3.5 hours away and had never heard of the place before the Groupon offer but we are really happy we found it. The train ride itself was awesome and between the music, hike, and food we couldn't have asked for a bettet day!
Chelsea G. · October 5, 2013

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