The Skunk Train is a great attraction to check out when you’re visiting Cleone, California. The train runs from Fort Bragg to Willits, CA, much farther inland. There’s also a midway point in Northspur, California. The Skunk Train is a true trip back in time. Everything about the train is relevant to the century old tradition of travel. People can bring their cell phones, cameras and modern clothing, but aside from that, everything resembles a trip back to the olden days of traveling by rail.
Here’s a description from the Skunk Train website. “The view from the restored rail cars is pretty much unchanged: towering trees, deer drinking from the Noyo River, an isolated fisherman’s cabin peeking from the forest. With occasional whistles as it chugs through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, the train follows the coastal “Redwood Route” as it has since 1885.”
“Moving at a leisurely pace, the trains pull covered cars as well as open observation cars—perfect for capturing photographs of this truly exhilarating journey.”
Right now is the perfect time to get on the train and take a trip through Northern California’s forest. You can ride the Christmas train, a 90- minute train ride including a visit from Santa and the Elves, music, cocoa and cookies. It departs from both ends in Fort Bragg and Willits.
There are other trips throughout the rest of the year and you can check it out on their site here. Fort Bragg is just south of the Cleone Gardens Inn. After a relaxing night in our bed and breakfast, you can take a day trip checking out all the beautiful landscapes of Northern California then come back to Cleone for great fishing or relaxation.