All aboard the Skunk Train! Journey on this historic 130-year-old rail line amongst towering old-growth redwood trees, over wooden trestle bridges, and through majestic stone tunnels. Lucky travelers will be able to reach out and touch the redwoods that line the route winding its way from the Willits Depot to Northspur, deep in the forest. Set on the banks of the Noyo River this large redwood grove has been welcoming passengers for well over a century. The 4 to 4.5-hour round trip departs Willits and begins the steep ascent (3.5% grade) to the summit of the line at 1,740 feet. Traveling through Tunnel No. 2, the trip descends into the Noyo River Canyon. In one spot, you will travel 8.5 miles to cover a straight-line distance of less than one mile in a serpentine of switchbacks.
Trains depart from both Fort Bragg and Willits, so be sure to check the Skunk Train calendar while planning your trip. If you’re visiting during the holiday season, be sure not to miss a ride on the Christmas Train. Riders are treated to hot beverages served by elves, carolers making their way through the train, and a surprise visit from Santa!
- Pet-Friendly: Yes
- Family Friendly: Yes