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“Train-ing in History”
Review of Skunk Train

Skunk Train
Ranked #1 of 7 Tours in Fort Bragg
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Owner description: 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.
Poway, California
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37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Train-ing in History”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Having seen this train featured in a PBS special we were so excited to be able to acquire tickets at the last minute. We took the Fort Bragg Skunk Train to Northspur, traveling in the Parlor Car. A couple of points that need to be made clear which is slightly different than what our expectations were. The seats are basic, padded benches in groups of four, facing each other without tables in between, so be prepared, you may be facing and close to people you don't know if the train is full. Dogs are allowed, and while we had no children in the Parlor car, we had 3 dogs. They were very polite and quiet, but they were still allowed in this car and throughout the train. For those that are allergic, this is important to know.
We were told that in the morning you start with mimosas and quiche. Well, that's sort of correct- at least the mimosa. The "quiche" was one of those appetizers that are 36 for $7 at Costco, and you get 1 little appetizer. THAT was disappointing. However, JD our wonderful hostess had plenty of cheese and crackers in addition to 15+ different local wines and beers for our free wine tasting to enjoy on our trip. After about 2 1/2 hours you arrive in Northspur for a BBQ lunch, which is kind of pricey, but very yummy. Be sure to bring cash- as this is a cash only train and lunch area. Traveling through the redwoods and seeing the old logging cabins is like stepping back into the past. So beautiful. We spent some additional time on the open car and took photos, and enjoyed the ride in that car, before returning to the parlor car for more wine tasting and music by a very talented Train Singer This is one of those attractions that should NOT be missed if you are traveling in the area. Be sure to check out the Miniature Train Display when you return to Fort Bragg which is free with your ticket!

Visited July 2014
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Tempe, Arizona
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Fort Bragg to Northspur, 10 a.m. If you like relaxing and taking in the scenery (all forest), this train ride is for you. You can sit inside or stand on the open-air platform or, switch in and out. Our train wasn't too full so, you could move easily in/out. Food was good at Northspur - cash only! Same route back so, you might find something new to see or, fall asleep to the easy roll of the train. The coolest thing: you're riding along the old lumber route!

Visited July 2014
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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“skunk train in the rain”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

what a ride this was through the redwoods. It was a drizzly day and cool when i took the trip but what a joy it was. The staff were at their best and very informative about the history of the Skunk Train line and the area. The views were to die for and the Lunch in the middle of the ride was very good as well. I have always loved riding trains but never have experienced riding in an observation car before. This is a must see if you love nature and just want a relaxing train ride through some of God's beautiful country side.

Visited March 2014
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San Rafael, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Upgrade to Parlor Class”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This car is ADULTS only and is placed at the end of a train set. So that you can be on the vestibule platform behind the locomotive or staring back at the track you just traveled over. This car also has a host/hostess serving beer, wine & snacks.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Barbara K
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Yuba City, California
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“Probably Fort Bragg's best attraction.”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

First of all, I love trains. The Fort Bragg Skunk Train is one of the best excursion rail rides I have ever been on. The half way ride to the turn around is good, but the second part of the full round trip to Willits is by far the most scenic. The open air cars give unlimited viewing of the redwood forests and canyons. This in one of my favorite ways to spend a day. A very good lunch can be had in Willits while waiting for the train back to Fort Bragg.

Visited August 2013
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