Add dates

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Our most recommended things to do in Fort Bragg

Mendocino County: Skunk Train Pudding Creek Train Ride

1. Mendocino County: Skunk Train Pudding Creek Train Ride

Take in the beautiful and relaxing scenery on this 7-mile roundtrip journey, which departs the Depot in downtown Fort Bragg year-round. Travel along the Pudding Creek Estuary, home to abundant wildlife and natural beauty. Ride through ancient redwoods to the tranquil setting of Glen Blair. The historic tracks were some of the first to be laid down by the California Western Railroad in 1885, and they've been carrying passengers on them ever since. The original Skunk Train began as a logging route back in 1885, when it transported families and workers to and from the numerous logging camps in the area. The train received its now-famous nickname, the "Skunk Train" back in 1925 when motorcars were introduced that ran on gasoline and which had a pot-bellied stove burning crude oil to keep the passengers warm. Locals said that just like skunks "You could smell them before you could see them". Don't worry, the days of the skunk smell are long gone. Enjoy free admission the Model Railroad museum, included in the ticket price. See logging history brought to life on an incredible model railroad that has over 1,300 feet of track. View the mill, logging camp, town bridges, trestles, and much more. The museum is located just west of Skunk Train Depot in Fort Bragg.

Mendocino County: Pudding Creek Railbikes

2. Mendocino County: Pudding Creek Railbikes

Ride your railbike along scenic Pudding Creek, cross over majestic wooden trestle bridges, and journey into the heart of the ancient redwoods of Mendocino County. Pedal along historic trails, bathed in dappled sunlight and a light breeze. Without the need to steer, feel free to look around at the wonder of an untouched stretch of the natural world. Keep a lookout for blue herons, osprey, an occasional lounging turtle, perhaps a playful river otter, a deer munching on the foliage, and maybe even a bear. Disembark at Glen Blair Junction for a 50-minute layover to enjoy a picnic or to journey on foot deeper into the redwoods to walk amongst some giants on a loop trail, past blossoming wild iris and trillium, and over the iconic arched stone bridge. Renewed and recharged, ride back to the depot at Fort Bragg, with plenty of photos and memories of your excursion.

Mendocino County: Railbiking Tour Along the Noyo River

3. Mendocino County: Railbiking Tour Along the Noyo River

Begin the day along Sherwood Road with a scenic hike down through the redwoods to the Noyo River and the east end of Tunnel #1. Get acquainted with your bikes and guides before setting off on your tour. Ride for 25 miles far off the beaten path along the meandering Noyo River and deep into old-growth redwood groves, on a section of track now reserved exclusively for railbikes. All sections of the excursion will be staggered by a few minutes so that you can enjoy the solitude of the route as you make your way 11 miles inland along the tranquil river. Pass South Fork, Ranch, Redwood Lodge, Grove, and other historic stops, crossing over 12 wooden trestle bridges that offer stunning views of the river below. Pull into Camp Noyo and take an hour break, with a picnic and refreshments offered complimentary for your enjoyment. Take a swim in the river, relax, or stroll among the redwoods before heading back to the start point.

Available activities

  • Guided tours
  • Adventures
3 activities found
Sort by:

Other Sightseeing Options in Fort Bragg

Want to discover all there is to do in Fort Bragg? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Fort Bragg

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 19 reviews

These rail bikes were such a blast. Our family of four went and it was such a beautiful time. Ezra was a great host and the weather was super. We will back next year for another great time!

The trip was fabulous! Except when we showed up, we had no reservations! Your company must have not send the info. Any other time we wouldn’t have got to go!

We had a great time , guides were awesome. I think you may need to convey to bring lunch or snacks to have at the stop and turnaround.

The weather was perfect my grandson and whole the family love the ride

Wry easy to book the trip, the Skunk Train was fabulous.