Fall Foliage Train Tour in Cass West Virginia
Are you a leaf peeper? Do you love the changing of the seasons and watching the gorgeous display of color in the Fall? What better place to soak up fresh mountain air and an abundance of crisp, vibrant colors than on a late September train ride in the lush mountains of West Virginia? Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers several train tours in September and October, perfect for viewing autumn’s beauty.
The town of Cass, WV is tucked away in the mountains of Pocahontas County. A once booming logging community, it is known now for breathtaking views and family fun. There is a museum dedicated to the history of the town and people and a restaurant which was featured in “101 Unique Places to Dine” (in West Virginia) in 2009.
At this time of the year, the two tours that are available are the Whitaker and Bald Knob. The Whitaker is an open-car train which goes four miles up the tracks to Whitaker Station, where you can exit the train and take in scenic Fall Foliage views with countless photo opportunities. There are restrooms and a picnic area as well. Click here for a virtual train ride to Whitaker Station.
The Bald Knob train ride takes approximately 4.5 hours and travels up 11 miles from Cass to Bald Knob, which is the third highest point in the state of West Virginia. The breathtaking views from the top of Bald Knob offer views into two states. This tour makes a pit stop at Whitaker Station before continuing up the mountain. Be sure to check the schedule before planning your trip as the trains do not operate seven days per week. The schedule may be found here . Also, be sure to dress appropriately. The climate at the top of Bald Knob, for instance, resembles that of Canada. It’s cooler there in the summer, so prepare for cold temps in the fall! Also be prepared to stand the entire ride since there may not be enough seating during busy times of the year.
Cass Railroad is a great, family friendly trip that will surely be memorable and fun. Go here to learn more about Cass and what’s available in the area. For more fun things to do and see in West Virginia, visit Information West Virginia‘s website!