NOTE:  Due to on-going weather conditions, the Big South Fork Scenic Railway will not be visiting Blue Heron until further notice.  Trains will continue to depart on our regular schedule, traveling on a 1 hour, round trip, departure through the beautiful Big South Fork country.

Welcome to the online home of Big South Fork Scenic Railway, in beautiful Stearns, Kentucky! We operate on seven miles of historic trackage once owned by the famed K&T Railway. Enjoy wide open vistas, roaring rivers, and the history and charm of Appalachia, as we transport you back in time to our halfway point- the Blue Heron Mining Camp, an interpretive center operated by the National Park Service.

We pride ourselves on great customer service– so whether you’re traveling alone, with your family, or planning a large group outing, consider a visit to Stearns, KY! We have many group rate options available, so please get in touch today!


EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS/Make us a part of your holiday traditions and be a part of Big South Fork Scenic Railway’s Annual Easter Bunny Express.  This short line adventure sees the Easter Bunny board the train and visit with passengers and an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn of the McCreary County Museum.  Bring your Easter basket and get ready to enjoy the day!

KENTUCKY DERBY TRAIN/Join us May 4th, as we celebrate the Kentucky Derby, the South’s oldest sporting event. All kids 8 and under are invited to compete in stick horse races. Winners of each race will receive a certificate and a rose. There will be a hat contest for ladies. Winner will get roses. Trains will depart with a live performance of Stephen Foster’s state song, ‘My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight,’ and a live musician’s call to post.
Whistle Stop, located inside the historic depot, will serve traditional Derby Day food in the restaurant.
The trip will last approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hour, in an 8 mile round trip journey into Kentucky’s coal country



Prices shown below may include online transaction fees. Please be sure to read our complete policies concerning ticket reservations and sales.


  • Individual advance ticket purchases are accepted by phone not later than 6 p.m. EST prior to date of departure.
  • Ticket purchases via website must be purchased no later than 8 a.m. EST, on the date of departure.
  • Tickets may be purchased the day of ride at the Ticket Booth depending on availability.
  • Payment is due in full upon purchase.
  • Additional fees may apply.
  • Visa or MasterCard is accepted.
  • All ticket sales are final. There are no cancellations for advance ticket purchases.

Groups Of 20 Or More

  • Advance reservations must be made for groups of 20 or more.
  • 20% deposit is required the day reservation is placed.  Final count and remaining balance is due two weeks prior to event. No refunds available for “over booking”.
  • Cancellations within 14 days prior to event are subject to loss of deposit.
  • Please call 1-800-462-5664 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time Zone, or send an email to our Group Sales Dept.