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Folkston Funnel Railfan Park

Located in a small remote town north of Jacksonville, Florida, a short distance off I-95 is the busy railroad town of Folkston, GA.  Folkston is one of 5 Georgia towns that welcomes railfans.  With an idea borrowed from the Rochelle (IL) Railroad Park, Folkston built their own.  Located on a double track mainline of CSX, 90% of all trains to / from Florida pass through Folkston.  On the east side of the tracks you have the traditional railfan park, which includes a viewing platform (with radio scanner, and lights), restrooms, and parking lot complete with a well groomed lawn along the tracks which really adds to the peaceful enviorment.  On the westside of the tracks is the old train station building which is used by the chamber of commerance.  Picnic tables and another well maintained lawn is perfect for train watching when the sun moves to the west side of the tracks.  At night, flood lights illuminate the tracks for nighttime train watching.  Amtrak also passes Folkston 8 time a day (but they do not stop).  Some of the daily highlights include the Amtrak Auto-Train, and the Tropicanna Orange Juice train (operated by CSX).  Folkston is one of the top train-watching spot in Georgia. 

 

Location info:

Town / City: Folkston, GA

 

Location Name: Folkston Funnel

 

Railroad(s):  CSX Transportation / Amtrak

 

Rail Traffic:  Expect 40 to 45 trains during a 24-hour period.

 

Site Details:  A complete train-watching park.  Includes viewing platform with radio scanner & lights, areas to watch trains from both sides of the tracks. 

 

Restrooms on site:  Yes.  (New restroom facility).

 

Food:  Not on site, but a short drive to McDonalds, or a few other places to buy food.

 

Picnic Area:  Yes, with grill.

 

Parking:  Free Parking, trains can be viewed from the comfort of your automobile.

 

Lighted for evening rail fanning:  Yes, lighted parking area plus flood lights illuminating the tracks.  for excellent night-time train-watching.

 

Scanner Frequencies:   160.590 and 160.320

 

Motels / Hotels:  Folkston has limited lodging.  There are no chain-operated motels in town, but a small group to choose from.  The Roadmasters Lodge offers a railroad view, and will soon be listed on RailfanMotel.com website.  Kingsland, GA, located on I-95 has a number of motels to choose from.  Kingsland is 20 miles east of Folkston, expect about a half hours driving time. 

 

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