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Find your way to the Roaring Camp Steam train's departure point in the town of Felton. Make your way through the recreation of an historic town and exchange your voucher for a ticket on the train ride you have chosen. Booking this ticket ahead of time guarantees your spot and your choice of departure time; rides often sell out, especially in the summer.

Sit down on the open train and enjoy the scenery as the train chugs through the redwood forest. Listen to your conductor's commentary, which will fill you in on the history of the area and the train system in California. You'll learn that the train itself dates back to the 1800s and is one of the country's best preserved narrow-guage steam engines.

When you reach Bear Mountain's summit, hop out to stretch your legs and explore the nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Return to Roaring Camp at the end of your ride, which takes about an hour.

Locations visited
Roaring Camp Railroads
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Overview

Ride through the Santa Cruz redwood forests aboard a steam locomotive on this alternative sightseeing tour, a great choice for travelers with limited time. Guarantee access to the popular and often sold-out Roaring Camp Steam Train by booking in advance, and personalize your itinerary by choosing from a range of departure times.

Highlights
  • Book your ticket ahead of time to avoid sold-out departure times for the train
  • Learn about the redwood forest through your train conductor's commentary
  • Explore the Bear Mountain summit and its attractions
  • Walk through the historic village at the train's base camp
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Steam train ride through Redwoods

Hidden gem of a ride. Great way to experience Redwoods, lovely hour long ride. Highly recommend. Bit of Wild West Experience.

Thank Seanquinn45
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Great fun!

I got a real kick out of ride. Here is a tip: sit in an open car. The view of the redwoods will be obstructed in the covered cars. Also, sit close to the front for the full stream engine experience.

1  Thank DMMinDC
Reviewed 1 week ago
Old Fashion Fun!

I rode the steam train through the redwoods with my teenage son. We are both rail fans, but it was a heck of a lot fun. I would rate it as one of the best train rides we've been on. The only negative comment I...More

Thank Marla M
Reviewed 1 week ago
Perfect day trip for families and out oft owners

This is a great California day trip for young families and out of town visitors. It's so great to see children/young people experiencing nature, music, and hands on activities with hardly a technology screen in sight! Very family friendly. I've taken several friends/family of all...More

Thank lzybeth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great fun, fantastic way to see the redwoods

Very authentic steamtrain experience, lots of fun and a really good to way to get in amongst the (huge) redwoods. It’s so authentic that the train occasionally breaks down (or just needs a rest and some TLC)! But all part of the experience, and the...More

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Jill W
31 July 2018|
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Response from dawgman4449 | Reviewed this property |
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pmsmls
8 July 2018|
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Response from Eaglepipeclub | Reviewed this property |
Parking is $10. You can either park at Roaring Camps or park at the Henry Cowell State Park with the state fee at $10. I used the Park because it is closer to the train station and then came back to the State Park to walk... More
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meenunclemike
24 April 2018|
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Response from Stevej95060 | Reviewed this property |
I haven't actually taken the Bear Mountain train. It's a separate train which I believe only runs on special occasions - I could be wrong about that. Roaring Camp is located on Graham Hill Road, just east of downtown... More
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