Mountain Music, Rails and Trails

Mountain Music, Rails and Trails

3 trains and 2 shows

Day One

Our train adventure begins in Durbin, WV a railroad company town in its heyday, where we‘ll visit the depot store before boarding the Durbin Rocket, powered by steam locomotive. You might want to enjoy an ice cream cone before boarding the train for a two-hour excursion that follows the Greenbrier River, a remote stream between two mountains with many scenic and wildlife viewing opportunities. Lodging will be at the Inn at Snowshoe at the beautiful Snowshoe Ski Resort.

Day Two

After breakfast at Brandi‘s, we‘ll travel a short distance on scenic mountain roads to Cass State Park where we‘ll board
the Cass Scenic Railroad. The train is pulled by a Shay locomotive to Whittaker Station located four miles up the track from Cass through a series of switchbacks, which allows the train to gain quick altitude, up to 11% grade! At Whittaker Station, you will have the opportunity to leave the train and enjoy a breathtaking view of a vast wilderness area, and tour the logging camp. Make sure you bring a jacket as the train is windowless, so there‘s nothing between you and the great views. Back at the depot, you‘ll have free time to visit the exhibits, the state park which includes some of the railroad company houses, and get lunch on your own. Traveling through the mountainous terrain, we‘ll stop at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, one of the world’s premier research facilities for radio astronomy. NRAO operates powerful, advanced radio telescopes ?listening? for life in outer space! The Observatory is home to the largest fully steerable dish in the world. Bring your binoculars to see if you can sight any of the daring rock climbers at Seneca Rocks, where you‘ll view the majestic rocky cliffs. After a wonderful dinner at the 1863 Tavern, you‘ll be treated to a Branson-style show at American Mountain Theater. The cast includes three RCA recording artists and is one of the hottest new shows for motorcoach groups. Check into the Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn Express in Elkins.

Day Three

Start the day off right with a morning breakfast show at the ALL NEW Gandy Dancer Dinner Theater featuring a variety show of bluegrass, gospel, rock, and pop music. It‘s all aboard the New Tygart Flyer! This climate-controlled passenger train offers one of the most exciting mountain wilderness excursions. The 4 hour, 46 mile round trip features two separate mountain grades, an “S” curve tunnel, passage into a 1,500′ deep canyon with steep densely forested slopes, and the crossing of a high bridge over the rushing Shavers Fork of the Cheat River before reaching your destination at “High Falls of Cheat,” an 18′ high, 150′ wide waterfall in one of the most remote and pristine settings in the eastern United States. Lunch is included on the train. Depart for home after returning to the Elkins depot.