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Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow-Gauge Railroad

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Address: P.O. Box G-1, Felton, CA 95018
Phone Number: 831-335-4484
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Activities: Group tours/train
Description: A train ride into a private redwood stand.

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See the Redwoods from a steam train!!

We drove the hour and 20 minutes from San Francisco so our 7yr old could experience the redwoods up close and personal. This 1 1/2 hour steam train ride was a great way to do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Amanda H
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Plano, Texas
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Plano, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We drove the hour and 20 minutes from San Francisco so our 7yr old could experience the redwoods up close and personal. This 1 1/2 hour steam train ride was a great way to do that. It felt like we stepped back into the 1800s and there were loads of activities for the kids to do before the train departed... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
52 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We had some switches for sure. I wanted to take my dad and cousins on the steam train. Their schedule only allowed us to go midweek. There was only a 12:30 diesel train. We purchased tickets and decided to enjoy ourselves regardless. When we walked in from the parking lot, we saw the small diesel. We had brought a picnic... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The Roaring Camp Railway at Fenton, near Santa Cruz has steam train rides that climb through Redwood forest. Situated adjacent to the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, the site offers a unique trip into the past. The historic Dixiana engine was originally designed for very steep inclines, the return trip up to Bear Mountain takes an hour or so, and... More 

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Kokomo, Indiana
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I rode this train in absolute awe as we entered the redwood forest! I felt like a little kid! Do not hesitate to jump at the chance to take this train ride. It will be something you will never forget. My only wish was that I would have been better able to hear the narrator over the sound of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

This is a destination in the summer months with lots of fun and interesting things to do. But, in the winter its a train ride through the Redwoods available once a day. While it's enjoyable I would suggest visiting during the warm months.

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Missouri City, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Train only runs once daily at 12:30pm. Train only runs once daily at 12:30pm. Train only runs once daily at 12:30pm.

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San Jose, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

How many times can you say you know a great place to take a whole family for a wonderful day out? Easy if you are going to Roaring Camp. Not only is it easy to get to ( who can say no to a lovely drive through the redwoods) but there is so much to see and do once you... More 

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Tustin, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I decided to go on this ride, since I was passing through the area. It was raining for part of the time, but it was still very enjoyable. What a wonderful way to learn about the Redwoods, while riding through these beautiful forests! The conductor was fun, and very knowledgeable, which was great! The ride is about 1 hour and... More 

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Orange, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Had such a great time last year, we went back this year and took my 93 year old mother-in-law. At the top of the mountain, she was greeted by Santa, who gave her a candy cane. We took a most memorable photo of that event. It was a chilly day and we were served hot cider. It was her best... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Walked over to this place from the state park to eat our picnic lunch. We were not interested in the train ride, just a picnic. Our group of 4 was astounded at the $25 fee to use a picnic table. We didn't see any enforcement, so suspect a lot of people ignore the fee.

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