The Hocking Hills area is flourishing with natural beauty. From fall foliage during autumn to budding wildflowers in the spring, there’s always awe-inspiring sights to be seen. Many locals and visitors alike take to outdoor recreation to absorb our area’s stunning landscape. Are you looking for a new, unique way to explore the Hocking Hills? Try the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway! This historic train is comprised of antique parts that work in harmony to traverse a local track that’s more than a century old. It’s a great option for those who want a different way to tour the area!
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Your Guide to the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
About This Historic Train
The star of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is its historic train. This train is comprised of enclosed coaches as well as open-air cars that were once freight cars. All parts of this historic train are from the early to mid-1900s, which allows passengers to step back in time! Once aboard, this full-size train follows along a route that was once a major passageway from southern Ohio to Columbus.
Special Train Ride Options
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway offers more than a dozen thematic train ride options. The most popular ride is Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery. This two-hour experience simulates a train robbery. Before boarding, each passenger is given “play money” which the “robbers” take once they seize the train. This simulation is designed to be family-friendly and non-threating, which makes it a great activity for all ages!
Or, purchase tickets for a holiday-themed ride. These include the Santa Christmas Train Ride, Easter Bunny Train Ride & Egg Hunt, Memorial Day Train, and more. During autumn, these train rides are a great way to view Hocking Hills fall foliage! All train rides take place on Saturdays and Sundays and depart from the Nelsonville Train Depot.
Other Nelsonville Attractions
The Nelsonville Train Depot is located a short drive the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. While you’re in the area, be sure to visit other popular Nelsonville attractions like Stuart’s Opera House. This performing arts venue boasts diverse shows each year. From concerts to poetry readings, there’s a performance for everyone at Stuart’s Opera House! Be sure to check out the events calendar to see what’s playing during your trip.
Stay at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
Head back to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls after a ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. Choose from a variety of accommodations that are perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation! We offer cabins, cottages, yurts, geodomes, and Hocking Hills lodges. During your stay, be sure to take advantage of our on-site restaurant, Kindred Spirits, and The Spa at Cedar Falls.
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