All aboard for a family-friendly, fun and educational outing that lets you celebrate the Autumn season with all its leaves ablaze with color as you journey on a 22 mile round trip through the countryside on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad departing from Nelsonville, Ohio.
Offered every Thursday and Friday between October 1 and October 30 at 1 p.m. and every Saturday and Sunday in October (noon and 2:30 p.m.) from the Nelsonville Depot, these Fall Foliage excursions take you on a train ride along the historic Hocking River Valley. Each excursion includes a full on-board narration educating passengers about the area’s history, sites along the way and the history of the train itself.
Also included in the excursion is a 30 minute stop at historic Robbins Crossing, a small pioneer village depicting life in an 1840’s southeastern Ohio community located on the campus of Hocking College. Costumed interpreters will share some historical information and give visitors a look at life in the 19th century-era town that consists of original log cabins, a general store, a one-room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop. a cooper shop, a barn and a pottery station. Visitors will get to see real clothing, tools and household goods once used by settlers in the Hocking Valley.
Seating on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad is on a first come, first served basis. Passengers have the choice of riding in an air conditioned car, two open-air cars or enclosed coaches with no air conditioning. The train excursion lasts approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes. The Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad is suggesting that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time (1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and noon or 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday).
Cost for the Fall Foliage train excursion is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for children. Because these excursions usually sell out, it is recommended that you make advance reservations.
Located in the former coal mining town of Nelsonville in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad has been in operation since 1985 and has been named the #1 tourist attraction in Athens County. For those visitors who would like to stay overnight in the area, check out the Holiday Inn Express located at 12916 Grey St. in Logan, Ohio. Call 740-385-7700 to check for availability, exact pricing or to make reservations.
For more information about the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad and its various train excursions or to make reservations, call 740-753-9531 or get online at www.hvsry.org. The Nelsonville Train Depot is located at 33 W. Canal St. in Nelsonville, Ohio. Nelsonville is 201 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3.5 hour drive.