Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass
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Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is a State Park located in Cass, Pocahontas County, West Virginia.It consists of the Cass Scenic Railroad, an 11mi long heritage railroad that is owned by the state of West Virginia. The park also includes the former company town of Cass and a portion of the summit of Bald Knob, highest point on Back Allegheny Mountain.HistoryFounded in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, Cass was built as a company town to serve the needs of the men who worked in the nearby mountains cutting spruce and hemlock for the West Virginia Spruce Lumber Company, a subsidiary of WVP&P. At one time, the sawmill at Cass was the largest double-band sawmill in the world. It processed an estimated 1.25e9bdft of lumber during its lifetime.In 1901 work started on the railroad, which climbs Back Allegheny Mountain. The railroad eventually reached a meadow area, now known as Whitaker Station, where a logging camp was established for the immigrants who were building the railroad. The railroad soon reached to the top of Gobblers Knob, and then to a location on top of the mountain known as 'Spruce'. The railroad built a small town at this location, complete with a company store, houses, a hotel, and a doctors office. Work soon commenced on logging out the Red Spruce trees, which grew in the higher elevations.Our Cass itinerary maker makes visiting Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and other Cass attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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We took the 4 hour ride to Bald Knob. It was a clear, crisp, sunny fall day. The scenery was stunning. The leaves had changed in the higher elevations and it was beautiful. The cars are open air so ta... read more »
We took the shorter 2-hour trip that leaves Cass station at 1:30. The open-air cars allowed mountain air and views in from all directions. The tour guide is knowledgeable and narrates history and cons... read more »
Had always wanted to ride the steam engine up the mountain! We made a reservation and selected our seats online ahead of time -- highly recommended. Get there early enough to check out the museum, art... read more »
Very unique destination. Stayed in pet friendly row house #253. Probably best location in park. High on hill, nice view, close to activities and separated from other row houses. Nice inside, but a little less romantic in real, than in pictures 😄. Clean but had that big empty feeling. Still, very nice, cool.... Stayed early May, and got there on a Sunday afternoon. Was unaware the park was completely shut down on Monday. So was able to hurry up and see and photographed everything that would be closed the next day. Should have been told, but was GREAT to be the only person in the park (town) ! Walk the dogs though the town numerous times, and snooped around in places I don't think I would have if park was opened 👀👀. Had a good time. Friendly staff.
It was amazing. If you like the long train rides, the smell, power, and sight of a steam locomotive, and the mountains than this is awesome railroad that is definitely worth your time. There is a lot of interesting history associated with this park.
Such a beautiful setting. The mountains, country roads, river, train. We didn't take any tours, but drove around the small town just a little and up one of the mountain roads. Not much to look at without the tour guide. I'm sure the trails are worth the hike, and we'll likely return for a hike. There is a visitor center, town shop, and restaurant. They are very helpful and friendly in all 3 places. We did not take the train, as the tickets were more expensive than we expected. But everyone that came off the train enjoyed their trip and the scenery. It was exciting to the see the train pull up, the coal and steam, the sound of the train whistle. You can walk right up to the train. There is no cell service there, due to the Quiet Zone from the Greenbank Telescope. But there is free Wi-Fi.
Great place to visit! Incredibly beautiful! The trains do not dissapoint!!! Only downside is there is minimal local places to eat so make sure you bring some food to your cabin!
Excellent and mind blowing how they preserved a century old railroad system. A definite go to place in West Virginia
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