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Mendocino County: Skunk Train Wolf Tree Turn Train Ride

1. Mendocino County: Skunk Train Wolf Tree Turn Train Ride

Join this magical train ride through the redwoods on the world-famous Skunk Train. Since 1885 the historic train has made its way through old-growth redwood groves, through spectacular tunnels, and into the heart of the Noyo River canyon.  On this 2 hour round trip, discover an amazing ecological wonderland and an excellent opportunity to discover the mighty giants that made Mendocino County famous. Your train ride will stop briefly at Crowley while you enjoy the splendor of one of the oldest and most iconic trees along the route. The Wolf Tree was so named for the large growth off of one side. The original Skunk Train began as a logging route back in 1885, transporting families and workers to and from logging camps. The train received its now-famous nickname 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.

Fort Bragg: Railbiking Tour Along the Noyo River

2. Fort Bragg: 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 7 reviews

The Conductor was very knowledgeable, polite, and had a commanding presence. He made sure we were safe. The train was clean. We hope the tunnel gets fixed soon. We need to keep the Skunk Train going.

I love the railbike. We had so much fun. Like the 50 min. break at the train depot with a short hike before returning to the starting point. It was a wonderful experience.

So much fun Rail bikes were exciting and easy to use. I would definitely recommend this experience for anyone my husband and I had a blast.

New kind of fun!!! Just enjoy adventures with a little walk time and relaxation too and staff was professional and kind.