Come ride the SKUNK in its natural habitat. Forty miles of railroad run through majestic redwood forests, scenic mountain meadows, and over 30 trestles bridging the pristine mountain waters of Northern California.
Regardless of your departure point, the view from our restored rail cars is pretty much unchanged from the late 1800s. Departing from Fort Bragg, the first few miles are along the Pudding Creek estuary, where common wildlife sightings include blue heron, egrets, osprey, ducks, and the occasional lounging turtle. After passing through Tunnel No. 1, the Skunk Train snakes its way along the Noyo River, zigzagging through the redwood-thick Noyo River Canyon. Departing from Willits and traveling to Northspur, your train will climb the Eastern slope of the Califfornia Coast Range, cutting through it at Tunnel No. 2 (Summit) before descending into the Noyo River Canyon. This is the mountainous part of our railroad line, in which 8.5 miles of track cover a straight-line distance of less than one mile.
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SKUNK TRAIN FANS. . .
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
A devastating cave-in has closed our Tunnel No. 1. This is a tremendous blow to our loyal passengers and to the
communities of Fort Bragg and Willits, which depend on revenue
generated by the Skunk Train.
We have created several ways for you to help us raise the $300,000 necessary to re-open Tunnel No. 1 and restore railroad operations between Fort Bragg and Willits. Please help Save Our Skunk for current and future generations of historic rail travelers.
Thank you for your support in helping keep the Skunk Train alive and providing this much-needed service for Mendocino County.