Hiwassee River Gorge

photos taken April 21, 2007 on the Hiwassee River Gorge Train Ride

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All the pictures except the first were taken from the train. The pictures are presented in the order in which they were taken.

 

The ride is exceptional for three reasons:

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It follows the beautiful Hiwassee River Gorge for many miles.

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It takes you on the Great Hiwassee Loop. At the top of this famous and one-of-a-kind railroad loop you'll be passing over a bridge 62 feet above the tracks on which you've just traveled. The rail track follows a spiral up a mountain before crossing itself on a bridge.

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Near the top of the loop, you will see the only (readily accessible) view of the Lake Apalachia Dam that allows you to see both the dam and the lake behind it.

Departure Point near Benton, TN

Crossing the Hiwassee River near Reliance, TN

Crossing TN Route 68 near Farner, TN

First view of the bridge the train will cross on the top of soon

Looking down at the tracks we were on a few minutes ago

On the bridge on top of the Great Hiwassee Loop

Apalachia Dam and Lake Apalachia

Crossing the bridge again on the return trip

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