We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Skunk Train

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 100 W Laurel St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-3410
Phone Number:
+1 707-964-6371
Website
Today
09:00 - 15:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 15:00
Description:

A 40-mile train ride through the redwood forests of northern California....

A 40-mile train ride through the redwood forests of northern California. Depart Willits on the Highway 101 corridor or Fort Bragg on the Mendocino Coast. All trips are round-trip and travel from either Fort Bragg or Willits to the mid-point of the railroad "Northspur" and return. Trips are about 4 hours in length.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 501 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 253
    Excellent
  • 142
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Fun short train ride

It is a pretty short slow train ride on an old stretch of railroad. They talk about stories and history of the local logging industry. There is an open top car people can hang... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Slamck
,
Danville, California
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

501 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 493: English reviews
Danville, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a pretty short slow train ride on an old stretch of railroad. They talk about stories and history of the local logging industry. There is an open top car people can hang out. It is a nice activity especially for family with kids.

Helpful?
Thank Slamck
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
249 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a popular attraction so you should reserve. And arrive early. There's a little mall nearby that offers drinks, food, toilets and shops. We didn't reserve and opted for standing room only (TIP: this is an option if they say they are full!). We stood outside on the deck (very chilly!) but it was fun. They go out and... More 

Helpful?
Thank GPToak
Leavenworth, Kansas
Level Contributor
315 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For anyone who is a train enthusiast, this is a lot of fun. I would recommend taking the longer train from Willits instead of the shorter one from Ft Bragg -- just more to see.

Helpful?
2 Thank Rich_Holden
Gainesville
Level Contributor
162 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only thing that would have made it better is if the steam train was not getting redone. It is still absolutely worth doing and the steam train will be done next year sometime. Being from Florida it was great seeing landscapes that we don't see, but I would probably do this from time to time even if I lived... More 

Helpful?
Thank john g
Corning, California
Level Contributor
36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We rode the one hour ride down the scenic pudding Creek route, the ride was beautiful. The train travels one way for half our then back tracks to starting point in fort bragg. The best part was you can walk to an outside open air car stand and watch the natural beauty. They also have a snack car area that... More 

Helpful?
Thank echo1011
Ditcheat, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We went on a half day trip on the Skunk Train. It was great fun. Loved the Train Singer who kept us entertained both ways. Good refreshments at reasonable prices on the train. Great for people who enjoy a slow trip through redwoods, spotting the occasional deer. Bar B Q at the midway point felt a bit like being in... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kate W
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
81 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Did the Pudding Creek excursion which was very scenic and the pace is slow and gentle. Did not know what to expect but very pleasantly surprised with the added bonus of a lovely model railway exhibition across the tracks which was delightful. We had visited North Coast Brewing beforehand and had the 14 beer tasting menu so feeling more than... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Dominic H
Santa Ana, California
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We took the 4 hour trip, which was 45 minutes late starting, then we derailed and were stranded for more than 2 hours. We were out of luck for any other plans we had for the day! Unbeliveable that we were not offered any refund for our tickets.

Helpful?
Thank srainey2016
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level Contributor
250 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

There were only 10 passengers on our trip so they used the small 1924 single car train. The trip was about 3 1/2 hours round trip. If you are a train fanatic you will love it. Seeing the way some people live off the grid in the forrest is marginally interesting. But if you are looking for redwoods, you will... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Jorden N
Level Contributor
199 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I took the 1:00 out and back train ride to Pudding Creek. Not much to look at but if you are a train enthusiasts you will enjoy the ride. Indoor and outdoor cars. There are a few creek bridges to travel across and the train comes thru town so, it stops traffic and you get to wave... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ironman91

Travellers who viewed Skunk Train also viewed

Fort Bragg, Mendocino County
Fort Bragg, Mendocino County
 
Fort Bragg, Mendocino County
 

Been to Skunk Train? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Skunk Train and other visitors
10 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (10)

Questions? Get answers from Skunk Train staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?