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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 6 attractions in Felton
Type: Scenic Railroads
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: A train ride into a private redwood stand.
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We live in the area and this is usually a place we visit with our out of state visitors. The steam locomotives are functioning and they pull the open air passenger cars for a trip into the majestic redwood groves. The track ends in the redwoods where you can disembark and checkout the trees. The train then backs up a... More

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

My in-laws visited from the east coast for Christmas. Dad is a huge train fan and Mom has mobility challenges but wanted to see redwoods. Roaring Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains was the perfect activity. There is some walking involved (about 1/8 mile) from the parking lot across a cute covered bridge but you can drive close to the... More

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Felton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Roaring Camp is a slice of Old West life. If you hit it right, you can find a blacksmith and candle-maker at work and the kids can try panning for real gold! The best attraction is a ride through the redwoods on a train with a steam engine.

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California
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

It was a nice train ride through the big trees as was hearing the history of the area. I would forget the BBQ, which was barely OK. I didn't know you could over cook corn on the cob to that degree. Sitting outside was really, really rustic especially with the breeze. The roasted marshmallows was a nice touch.

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Great way to expeience the redwoods and a train ride. Loved the steam engine and the whistle - couldn't get enough of it. Saw many other redwood forrests during my visit to California, but the train ride made it special. It was nice that they let dogs on the train. The train conductor added to the experioence with his stories... More

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This was a good half day activity to get out of the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. It's a privately run attraction which lasts about an hour and a half. Not much at the top other than a photo opportunity of the steam train and a toilet break. It is important to check the timetable as the train was... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

A great half day with the short rail trip up to bear mountain(1.5hr loop). There isn't anything at bear mountain which is a shame. Would have like to be served a soda by someone in period clothing. The train only stops at the mountain long enough to take a photo or two. No doubt because there's nothing there. The staff... More

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Prunedale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Nice train ride through the forest - we took the route north, not the route to Santa Cruz beach. Stopped for about 15 minutes for the conductor to educate about the area and the redwoods. No other scenery is visible besides the forest.

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Hingham, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I am accused of planing all of my vacations around train attractions (could be true). I have dragged my family to many of them over the years and this one was probably the best we have ever been on. The redwoods and mountain setting were very beautiful. Riding behind the historic engine was a great experience.

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