Elkins Tour Ideas
8 hours 30 minutes
Travel into the high country spruce forests of Cheat Mountain on one of the most distinctive rail excursions in the eastern US. This 120-mile (approximately 8.5 hour) ride transports you through mile after mile of unbroken, untamed mountain wilderness that has remained unchanged since the time before modern civilization arrived. This trip also includes interesting features such as a long tunnel built with an “S” curve far underneath Cheat Mountain, numerous long mountain vistas, and many opportunities to view wildlife including bald eagle and black bear sightings. Stopovers include the inspirational “High Falls of the Cheat” and the former sight of the town of Spruce, WV, once the highest and coldest incorporated town east of the Mississippi, accessible only by rail. Ticket price includes lunch on board.
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