All Aboard the Skunk Train

If you’re looking for a family-friendly experience on your way north to Humboldt, we suggest a ride on the historic Skunk Train. A little off the beaten path, the Skunk Train has been hauling cargo and passengers through Mendocino County’s redwood forests since the late 1800’s. Two fantastic rides worth considering include:

The Skunk Train

Pudding Creek Express: This 7-mile (75 minute) round trip begins at the Fort Bragg depot, makes a stop at Glen Blair Junction, and winds through the Pudding Creek Estuary. Learn more at the dedicated Pudding Creek Express page.

Wolf Tree Turn: Departing from Willits, this is a much longer 16-mile (2 hour) ride. This round trip takes passengers over the Summit, through a tunnel, and into the beautiful Noyo River Canyon. The train makes a stop at Crowley allowing passengers to stretch their legs and take-in the mighty redwoods towering above. Review the route’s schedule and rates at the Wolf Tree Turn page.

Railbikes In addition to train rides, they’re also offering excursions along multiple routes aboard electric-power assisted, two-person railbikes. Every railbike includes a snack box with choice of drinks, and dog trailers are available for dogs up to 150 pounds for an extra charge.

Although train and railbike schedules vary seasonally, they run rain or shine and leave on time, so be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your departure time.

Visit the railbikes page for details or call them at 707.964.6371 for train information. Don’t forget the friendly staff at The Redwood Riverwalk Boutique Motel is only a call away at 707.725.5500 for lodging information in nearby Humboldt County.


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