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Skunk Train

100 W Laurel St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-3410
+1 707-964-6371
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Waste of time and money

Worst value trip ever in USA. Complete rip off. Costs about $7 per mile for a jog pace trip for a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tim C
Oxford, United Kingdom
Short train tour

There is a great store where you purchase the tickets for the tour. We went on the 1 hour Pudding... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kathy W
Kitchener, Canada
via mobile
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Trips departing from both Fort Bragg, CA and Willits, CA on the historic Redwood Route of Mendocino County. The Pudding Creek Express departs from Fort Bragg, on which your train will travel along the Pudding Creek Estuary to Glen Blair Junction on this short and scenic 1-hour, 7-mile roundtrip. You will be traveling over some of the first tracks laid down by the California Western Railroad in 1885. Once the train stops it will immediately return to Fort Bragg. The Northspur Flyer departs from Willits, on which your train will climb the Eastern slope of the Coastal Mountain Range and cut through it at Tunnel #2 (the Summit) before descending down into the redwood-thick Noyo River Canyon. This 4-hour, 40-mile roundtrip allows you to explore the wondrous forest where the world’s tallest trees take you back in time. Once you arrive at Northspur, the midpoint of the railroad, you will disembark for an opportunity to walk around, purchase lunch, and breathe the pristine mountain air.
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100 W Laurel St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-3410
+1 707-964-6371
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worst value trip ever in USA. Complete rip off. Costs about $7 per mile for a jog pace trip for a few miles up a valley and back. Diesel locomotive and rather tatty carriage, not up to UK restoration standards. Save your money and go...More

2  Thank Tim C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is a great store where you purchase the tickets for the tour. We went on the 1 hour Pudding tour, would not recommend it as there is not much to see other than trees, can view he redwoods better in other places. 3 pudding...More

2  Thank Kathy W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was WAY too expensive for what we got. We took the 4 hr train ride from Willits because people on TripAdvisor said the 1 hr ride wasn't long enough because of the Tunnel being closed. When we reached the "turn-around", they announced we had...More

2  Thank LeslieKchill
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I recently went on the Skunk Train, in Fort Bragg. There were two adults, myself, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren ( 2 and 4 yrs old). I expected a beautiful scenic route. Instead we saw lots and lots of trees, bushes, algae ponds, and little else....More

2  Thank dglvtotrvl
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Took the Pudding Creek ride. One hour total, but honestly I don't think you need 4 hours to enjoy the scenery. Great crew, lots of personality.

2  Thank HeidelbergSummer
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Great ride up through the redwoods Take a lunch along have 45 min at top to picnic. Total time 1hr 30 min up 1 hr 30 min back. Guitar player singing on trip Has a bar on the train.

Thank rick45r
Reviewed 5 October 2017

The Skunk Train was a two hour trip into the wilds of Northern California. Clickety clack is the sound you hear for the trip. In between the Railroad Singer plays his guitar and harmonica entertaining the passengers. The trip was fun and the scenery was...More

Thank Profromdover12
Reviewed 30 September 2017

The gentlemen playing the guitar was GREAT, really enjoyed him singing aloud at times some songs that went with the trip, "I've been working on the Railroad". PA system from the conductor needs great improvement, we were in the outdoor stand up car and could...More

Thank Kenneth T
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Enjoyed the ride. Lazy afternoon on an old train with a very enjoyable commentary on the redwoods. Made our trip to Avenue of the Giants more fun as we knew about such things as "goose pens"!

Thank Valerie D
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Although very short, it provided a glimpse into the old days of logging trains. Our grandparents took this ride years ago when it was much longer. It was a delightful ride.

Thank Kurt B
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29 October 2017|
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Response from bearfoster | Reviewed this property |
The pudding creek 3 mile route is good for small children but unless you’ve never been on a train it’s not worth the cost. The train travels at 5 miles an hour and you can see plenty of redwoods getting to and Fort Bragg... More
25 August 2017|
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Response from CocoTampa123 | Reviewed this property |
not sure, ask the train operator.
24 April 2017|
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Response from Mark T | Reviewed this property |
We did not take the train to Willits, only the one hour trip from Ft Bragg up the tracks and back.