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Historic Skunk Train

Historic Skunk Train


Since 1885 California’s renowned Skunk Train has been transporting passengers along the world-famous Redwood Route. The views on this scenic stretch of track are nearly the same as they would have been more than a century ago — the result of visionary forest stewardship and a dedication to the natural wonder of the redwoods. Some of the trees along the route are more than 1,000 years old, and reach more than 300 feet tall. They have awed passengers both young and old riding on the back of the Skunk for generations, and remain as delightful today as they were for those first riders.

The train offers two points of departure — from the iconic fishing town of Fort Bragg on the stunning Mendocino Coast, and from the inland city of Willits, nestled among the redwoods and sweeping hills of the 101 corridor.

From Willits you’ll travel up to the summit of the line and through a historic tunnel, then down miles of curving track deep into the heart of the Noyo River Canyon. Here you’ll be surrounded by towering redwoods, and will make a stop at historic Crowley, underneath the shade of the iconic Wolf Tree.

Wherever you choose as your point of departure, you’ll experience the same great connection with a living, breathing piece of history, and discover the majesty of the California redwoods in a way unlike any other. The Skunk Train operates year-round, is child- and dog-friendly, and offers snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) on board the train. Throughout the year there are seasonal event trains, and for most of December it transforms into the Magical Christmas Train, an experience featuring caroling, hot cocoa, an interactive story, and a visit from Santa Claus.

WHERE: (Depot) 299 E. Commercial St., Willits
MORE INFO: 707-964-6371

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