Cass Scenic Railroad State Park: Take a Train, See the West Virginia Mountains
For an enjoyable ride through the West Virginia mountains, hop a train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.
Once used for logging, rare geared Shay locomotives now pull open passenger cars through switchbacks, steep grades and unspoiled wilderness to Whittaker Station, a restored 1940s logging camp.
A round-trip ride takes 1-1/2 hours. A longer 4-1/2-hour trip takes passengers on to Bald Knob, the second-highest peak in the state at an elevation of 4,842 feet.
Trains run from the Saturday before Memorial Day and continue through the end of October, but charters, holiday trains and dinner trains are offered at other times.
The park also rents guest cottages, which actually are refurbished "company houses" originally owned by the railroad. Double-occupancy rates start at $73 a night.
Cass is about 75 miles northeast of Lewisburg in east-central West Virginia, east of U.S. Highway 219 on Back Mountain Road.
To learn more call 1-800-225-5982 and ask for the Cass Scenic Railroad.