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Big South Fork Scenic Railway

100 Henderson Street

In 1902, Justus S. Stearns of Ludington, Michigan, established the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company. This logging and mining empire controlled more than 200 square miles of land in Kentucky and Tennessee, built the first electric sawmill in the U.S.; as well as, employed 2,200 people during its’ heyday. The construction of Kentucky & Tennessee Railway allowed the Stearns Company to grow and prosper.


Kathryne Jaggers

Thursday, July 12, 2018
3 days before our train ride we receive a call and an explanation that the train has been cancelled due to train maintenance... 3 DAYS BEFORE!? I’ll never give this place my business. Or anyone else who asks. They have no other trains to substitute. This was my birthday gift. We planned an entire weekend around this. It’s a shame.

Kent Gilbert

Monday, May 21, 2018
Great experience, with lots of natural wonders of the Big South Fork national Park on display. Make sure you confirm the schedule and the unadvertised stop at Blue Heron station. It was lovely, but not listed, and we we're lucky that our group had the extra 1.5 hrs to spare that no one told us about. It was great to see the outdoor museum there, tho, and the rangers were really well informed and accommodating.

Joe Altimus

Saturday, June 2, 2018
This is a fun experience during the daytime but do not take this excursion after dark because you simply cant see anything in the dark. A scenic train ride is pointless when u cant see the scenery. The cost is rather high in my opinion considering u can drive to the same locations for free. Really, the only thing u are paying for, that u cant provide for yourself without paying for a ticket is the seat on the train.

brenda selzer

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Very disappointed. Booked the 11 am ride to the mine. No email or phone call to let me know the trip was cancelled. Drove over an hour unaware until we saw the sign on the door. Agent was unsympathetic bordering on rude. Still waiting on a refund a week later. Many others showed up as well leading me to believe noone was notified. Drove to the mine and was told by the ranger that they were just notified shortly before we arrived. Since there were no trains the concession stand was closed as well. The mine was worth the trip but beware they will cancel the train without notification.

Matthew Kinsinger

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Cool experience. Nice cars to ride in. Awesome historical value in the town you visit and things you pass.

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