Mendocino County: Skunk Train Pudding Creek Train Ride

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Activity provider: Skunk Train

Mendocino County: Skunk Train Pudding Creek Train Ride

Activity provider: Skunk Train

From US$ 49.95 per person

Enjoy a scenic 7-mile round trip on the historic "Skunk Train" along the beautiful Pudding Creek Estuary, home to blue herons, ospreys, egrets, and more. Enjoy pristine views that have remained largely unchanged for well over a century.

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Duration 75 minutes
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  • Take a historic sightseeing train ride along the Pudding Creek Estuary and take in the natural beauty and abundant wildlife
  • Pass through Giant Coast Redwoods and learn about the history and ecology of the area
  • Ride on historic trains on some of the first tracks ever laid down by the California Western Railroad in 1885
  • See logging history brought to life on an incredible model railroad that has over 1,300 feet of track
Full description
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.
  • 1-hour, 7-mile roundtrip historic sightseeing train ride
  • Admission to the model railroad museum located near the Fort Bragg Depot
  • Snacks and beverages, can be purchased onboard
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Skunk Train Depot 100 West Laurel Street Fort Bragg, California 95437

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks

Know before you go

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time for check-in
  • Please note that that a valid photo ID is required for check-in
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed, however snacks and beverages are available for purchase onboard
  •  While most train rides last 1 hour 15 minutes, the last train of the day will last 1 hour 45 minutes
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4.1 /5

based on 47 reviews

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The entire experience on the Skunk Train ride was wonderful. As a bonus, the coffee/snack bar attendant on the train, suggested to us as we were departing the train ride back at Ft. Bragg, that we should visit the free Railroad Museum/Miniature Train set-up, right next door to the Skunk Train Depot. That was also exceptional, with terrific museum docents. A very fun day!

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March 27, 2022

We had a great time. However, we took the wrong path with about 15 other travelers and missed the train to go back to the station. We had to wait about 2 hours for the next train to come. It messed up our plans for the rest of the afternoon. They need to have a conductor at the end of the wood ramp pointing where the path is so people don't get lost. Other wise I would be able to mark 5 stars:(

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August 3, 2021

September 3, 2022

Product ID: 324483