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Cheat Mountain Salamander @ Elkins Depot

October 1 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 25, 2020

Named in honor of the little endangered creature whose sole habitat is the river of the same name, the CHEAT MOUNTAIN SALAMANDER takes you through some of the wildest mountain wilderness you will ever experience! Travel into the high country forests of legendary Cheat Mountain on this most stunning rail excursion, featuring great mountain vistas.

Explore some of the state’s most remote sections onboard this unique rail excursion. Choose between the full-day trip
from Elkins or the shorter half-day trip from Cheat Bridge. Buffet lunch included for all passengers at no additional cost.

This trip also includes many interesting features such as a long tunnel built with an “S” curve far underneath Cheat Mountain, numerous long mountain vistas, and many opportunities to view exotic wildlife including bald eagle and black bear sightings. Stopovers include the inspirational “High Falls of the Cheat” and the former sight of the notorious town of Spruce, WV, once the highest and coldest incorporated town east of the Mississippi, accessible only by rail.

Trip Summary

  • 35-mile, 2.5 hr. and 120-mile, 8.5 hr. Excursions
  • Climate controlled
  • Lunch included
  • Experience the full route and connect to the Cass Scenic Railroad at Spruce!
  • Shorter trip available. Board from Cheat Bridge instead!


October 1
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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