Folkston, GA 31537 (population, 4,148) Page 2
GPS: N 30.83056, W 82.00769 Google map
Scanner: CSX 160.590  and 160.320 
Railroad: CSX Jacksonville Div, Nahunta Sub, MP 602
Description: Folkston, Georgia is located in extreme Southeast Georgia. Known to railfans as the “Folkston Funnel”,
it is the location of the major CSX artery for railroad traffic into and out of Florida at CSX MP 602.2. The city of
Folkston has installed a viewing platform downtown and from the viewing platform visitors can see trains passing on
their way to and from Jacksonville, Florida in the south, and a split north of town where trains go west to
Waycross, Georgia, and north to Savannah. The platform features lights, ceiling fans, and a scanner to listen in to
radio traffic between trains. Adjacent to the platform are picnic tables, a grill, and a new restroom facility for the
public. The Nahunta Sub handles traffic from Savannah, Georgia and the Northeast. The Jesup Sub handles traffic
from CSX Rice Yards in Waycross, GA and the Mid-west. There are three defect detectors (DD) located in the area.
The Boulogne DD is located at MP 610.6 South on the Nahunta Sub. The Newell DD is located at MP 592.0
North on the Nahunta Sub. The double main in Folkston sees approximately 50 trains a day, including the Tropicana
Juice Train on weekdays and 8 Amtrak trains (4 NB & 4 SB). More info at RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 50+
Nearby RR stuff: Trains can also be enjoyed from the grounds of the restored Folkston depot, just diagonally across
the tracks from the platform. The Chamber of Commerce located in the old depot contains a small railroad museum
and gift shop for railfans. Waycross, GA, Northwest of Folkston about 35 miles, is the home of CSX’s Rice Yards,
the largest rail classification yard in the Southeast.
Other interesting or fun stuff: Folkston is considered the ‘gateway’ to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo opportunities: There is enough space for good wide angle shots of trains running at speed.
Gregariousness quotient: Medium
Fast Food: Burger King, North on 2nd St, N 30.83469, W 82.00699;
McDonalds, South on 2nd St, N 30.82885, W 82.00533
Ice Cream: Dairy Queen is located South on 2nd Street. N 30.82728, W 82.00482
Best choice for lodging: Just south of the railfan platform is the Roadmaster’s Lodge, on First St. - A small cabin
for rent to railfans with a great view of the tracks, N 30.82750, W 82.00587;
or Relax Inn, 3436 S 2nd St (US-1) N 30.82176, W 82.00252
Printable PDF take along fact sheet: Folkston Fact Sheet
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