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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.
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  • This state park is well-maintained by the State of West Virginia. The food at the diner is relatively good and inexpensive. Wi-Fi coverage is free and ubiquitous. 
  • Wonderful trip, fun for all, beautiful, and historic ride. Ride behind a Shay locomotive into a time long since passed and view the beautiful fall leaves - this is just what we did! The ride was comfo...  more »
  • Oh boy, where do I start....let me just say ya can't help but smile when you see the train pulling into the station and you hear that awesome whistle blow, then as it echoes through the valley. You do...  more »
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  • Cool place, unique steam engine, take the shorter ride. The long ride is just a bit too long. It's good for kids, open air cars that don't have padding on the bench but you should be getting up and leave coming around so that is not really a problem.
  • 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.
  • Waste of $120. No mention at all on the website that most of the "passenger" cars are open air cattle cars with a roughly made wooden bench running down the middle. No pictures of them on the site either, so there was no way we could've known. It was in the mid-30s, drizzling rain and spitting snow; having came dressed for a train ride - not a hayride - we knew we'd just be miserable and freezing, so we left. And of course, no refunds.
  • 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.
  • 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!