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Address: 33 W Canal St, on U.S. Route 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764-1105
Phone Number: +1 740-249-1452
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The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is a 501c3 non-profit organization...

The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is a 501c3 non-profit organization operated entirely by volunteer members. It operates historic train rides from Nelsonville, Ohio, a close drive to the Hocking Hills. The track was originally built in 1869 and the HVSR has been providing family-friendly train rides since 1972. In addition to weekend trains between May and October, there are several theme trains including Easter Bunny Train, Robbery Train, All-Caboose Train, October Fall Foliage, Santa Trains, and New Year's Eve Train.

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Christmas train ride.

Talked about doing a train ride for years. Decided this year to actually do it. Went with my mom, husband and 2 kids. We went during the 6pm ride. The area outside the trains were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Msepps
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Talked about doing a train ride for years. Decided this year to actually do it. Went with my mom, husband and 2 kids. We went during the 6pm ride. The area outside the trains were nice and cozy, was able to use the restroom and get hot coco and cookies for the cost of a donation. The ride itself was... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

My friends and I took this train ride as part of our girl's weekend activities. It was okay and we had fun. It took you to Haydenville and back past the depot to the campus of Hocking College where they had a small Pioneer Village. It is called Robbin's Crossing. There they have small cabins that you can walk through.... More 

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The journey through the picturesque countryside took about two hours and included a visit to reconstructed historic village dwellings at Robbins Crossing. The on board commentary was informative and easily heard. Disabled access to the carriages was available.

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Bob L, Marketing Co-Director at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind response. We are glad you enjoyed our "family friendly" train ride. Please come visit us again. More 

Dayton, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This train ride was the biggest disappointment for me. My husband and adult son took me on the ride for my birthday. We had spent time in the Hocking Hills and had enjoyed everything else from hiking to eating at the lodge. Please save your money. The train goes by gravel pits and old towns. Not much scenery. We were... More 

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Bob L, Marketing Co-Director at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, responded to this review

We are sorry that you were disappointed with our train ride. Our mission statement, in part, reads …. the preservation, restoration and operation of historic railroad equipment for the education and entertainment of the general public. We feel we live up to that with each and every run. Keep in mind that the track we travel over was originally built... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The scene along the railway is not beautiful. Also, a lot of windows are so old and blurry that you basically can't see anything outside clearly. I would not recommend this ride to others.

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Columbus, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I could copy Dalt756's review word for word. What a rip off. I didn't pay to see a run down line of house trailers with poor sad dogs chained out back that I'm sure no one pays attention to or even feeds for that matter. No scenery of foliage whatsoever. And the tour guide recording was the most annoying of... More 

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Bob L, Marketing Co-Director at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, responded to this review

We are sorry that you were disappointed with our train ride. Our mission statement, in part, reads …. the preservation, restoration and operation of historic railroad equipment for the education and entertainment of the general public. We feel we live up to that with each and every run. Keep in mind that the track we travel over was originally built... More 

Mansfield, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I'm a bit confused as to what some of the negative reviews were expecting. This is moderately priced afternoon offering a living history lesson for the family, great views of the changing foliage in and near Wayne National Forest and a thrilling train experience for a young boy. The volunteers were wonderful and went above and beyond. My three year... More 

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Bob L, Marketing Co-Director at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your generous response. We take pride in providing an historic train ride to many people who have seldom or never ridden a real passenger train, especially the children. We are proud, as well, with our slogan, "A family friendly train ride." We hope to see you again to ride our "historic" train. More 

Springfield, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Drove 2 1/2 hours to ride the train and what a huge disappointment . the ride consisted of 1/2 hour ride one direction and a stop...flip in reverse and see the same 1/2 hour ride back .You see a couple gravel pits ...round house ...and the old train depot that's literally falling down .most of the scenery ... Is what... More 

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Bob L, Marketing Co-Director at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, responded to this review

We are sorry that you were disappointed with our train ride. Our mission statement, in part, reads …. the preservation, restoration and operation of historic railroad equipment for the education and entertainment of the general public. We feel we live up to that with each and every run. Keep in mind that the track we travel over was originally built... More 

Urbana, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My mom and I came to celebrate her birthday and cross something off of her bucket list. I cannot wait to come back and bring my husband and children! Although the train was sold out on our trip, it all ran very smoothely and we had a wonderful time. I enjoyed the history given by the announcer and I liked... More 

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Thank whepp
Bob L, Marketing Co-Director at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your generous response. We take pride in providing an historic train ride to many people who have seldom or never ridden a real passenger train, especially the children. We are proud, as well, with our slogan, "A family friendly train ride." We hope to see you again to ride our "historic" train. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

In Athens area to see my daughter at school, saw this and thought it would be great for fall. The all volunteer staff truly love and care about what they are doing. It was peaceful, nostalgic, and informative. If you are looking for prepackaged, boring entertainment for you and your family, it's probably not for you. If you want to... More 

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Bob L, Marketing Co-Director at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for your generous response. We take pride in providing an historic train ride to many people who have seldom or never ridden a real passenger train, especially the children. We are proud, as well, with our slogan, "A family friendly train ride." We hope to see you again to ride our "historic" train. More 

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