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Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow-Gauge Railroad

P.O. Box G-1, Felton, CA 95018
831-335-4484
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Felton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: A train ride into a private redwood stand.
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Diamond Bar CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I am a railfan. I have no interest in anything at Felton other than the narrow-gauge steam locomotives and the ride into the woods. Scenery? Not important. Narration? Spare me. Cost of tickets? Not a concern. The Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad is an attempt to duplicate a narrow-gauge logging railway, typical of those that crisscrossed mountain regions of... More

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Fremont, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We really enjoyed the train ride and the steam engine.. there is a nice picnic spot where you can hang out for couple of hours

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San Luis Obispo, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My husband and I are typically not the touristy type but being parents to two small train lovers we KNEW we had to give this place a try when we heard the train whistles echoing through our nearby campsite, and I'm SO glad we did. Our boys ages 2 and 4 were mesmerized by everything here. It was like stepping... More

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Henrico, Virginia, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We stopped here to do the train up the mountain. I loved the train ride. It was beautiful, informative, and relaxing! They also had a lady there doing sketches with charcoal and two people that were with us got theirs done and it came out well. I believe she also did face painting. they had gold panning and a few... More

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Concord, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We've taken our kids several times and it's a hit every time. The steam train ride up the mountain is always good, and everyone on the train looked to be having fun. The kids really enjoyed watching the Blacksmith and panning for gold. The handcart racing is quite fun and a good work out!

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Natural Bridge, Virginia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
48 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Enjoyed each train ride and the village while waiting for the train to leave.The conductors on each train make the trip enjoyable... great facts and info from both..don't forget your camera on the redwoods train lots of picture opportunities...starting with the train itself!!! The beach train gives you plenty of time to make a day of it ...eat lunch at... More

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Folsom, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We were glad we decided to go to Roaring Camp Railroads while in Santa Cruz. We were thinking about one last trip to the pool, one last trip to the beach, or a train ride. The kids chose the train ride and ended up loving it. Everything about the activity was fun: the train ride itself, the cats in the... More

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Sacramento, CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

For the Steam Train lover in your family, this is the place to go. My first visit was over 46 years ago as a child. The reason I love trains to this day. An exciting trip up through the redwoods the whole family will enjoy. Twelve years ago I returned and chose the "Engineer for a Day" package. This last... More

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PA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

wonderful experience-even went to the roundhouse afterwards and the work in progress on other engines. staff very helpful and extremely knowledgeable.

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San Jose, California
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a running steam train that was used to haul lumber to the coast. There is food and fun hear, I great place for Families. Cross the tracks and you enter Henry Cowell Red Woods State Park, one of my favorite places to hang out with BIG, OLD trees.

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