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“Riding the railroad through the redwoods”

Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow-Gauge Railroad
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Felton
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Owner description: A train ride into a private redwood stand.
Reviewed September 29, 2012

The trip through the redwoods only runs at 11:00 aM through the week. It was $24 per person. There is alot to see at the depot area, before you even board the train. It is open air and great for taking pictures. They point out different things to you and take a break in the middle to stretch your legs, use the restroom. We really enjoyed it as it is hard for me to walk long distances, so this made it to where we could see the Redwoods.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband and I road the Beach Train while celebrating our anniversary. This trip runs from the Roaring Camp Railroad park down to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and back with an approximate one hour stopover at the Boardwalk. You can also choose to take the next train back to the park, space permitting, for a longer stay at the Boardwalk.

The only down side was the cost of parking at the park ($8), but considering it costs $12 to park at the Boardwalk, I'm not complaining. The park and the train ride are dog-friendly, and we made the acquaintance of several well behaved fur-babies and their two-legged parents.

Our trip was in mid-September, so a light jacket was needed. The scenery (until you reach the Santa Cruz industrial area) was spectacular. The compensation for that is the welcome from the townsfolk who live near the tracks. They will come outside to wave. This trip one house even had a sign up wishing one of the crew a happy birthday! The train is a big part of their lives.

The train crew members were knowledgable and friendly. We had enough time at the Boardwalk to enjoy some Boardwalk treats and play a game or two.

This attraction also has a Christmas Lights ride. We're planning to return for that one. The train is decorated, hot cider is served and carolls are sung during the trip.

Thank KimberleyF
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We took the hour and a quarter trip into the Redwood of Bear Mountain on the steam train. It was a great experience and a bit of fun. There were a few shops and eateries open and next door to the Railway is a Redwood nature trail with a visitor centre - these were fantastic to see, so there is plenty to do with or without kids.
In September the times are limited and the train which also runs to Santa Cruz seemed only to be available up until early September- so check the website and dates before you go.
$24 per adult

Thank Sues2910
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This park like setting, with old buildings and a grneral store is a perfect 2hour stop on the way to the coast near Santa Cruz. Bring a picnic lunch and make it a leisure day in the area. 5 minutes away is Tree surfing in the Redwoods.
The Locomotives are for any age and get a great views of Redwoods with a history lesson from the conductor if you wish.

Thank TravelerVII
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

We took my son to this steam engine train about 15 minutes northeast of Santa Cruz, CA last Tuesday. After the summer, the train to the beach in SC only runs on the weekend days. This trip takes a little over an hour up the hill to the top of the mountain and runs through a beautiful and cool (temperature-wise) stand of redwood trees. The train slowly chugs up the tracks and has to climb a few switchbacks towards the top as the engine both pulls and pushes the passenger cars. At the top everyone gets off for about 15 minutes to check out the large redwoods at the top. I'm just starting my trainspotting career due to my son, but so far this was one of the better scenic RR's. The train is pretty pricy and they gouge you for both parking and charging for a young child so beware. Worth the ride, plus we met my friend who lives nearby, so it was a nice time to chat and take pictures of my son enjoying himself.

Thank kt3
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