Attractions March 30, 2021
The Cass Scenic Bald Knob Rail Trip Offers Some Of The Most Breathtaking Views In West Virginia
The highest point in West Virginia is well-known by locals and tourists alike: Spruce Knob. But do you know the second highest point in the state? It’s Bald Knob. And while the best way to view Spruce Knob’s splendor is with a drive up to the lookout tower, the best way to experience Bald Knob in all its glory is by train.
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Coal mining. Logging. Two industries that dominate West Virginia's history. And hand in hand with both come the railroad.
Built to transport logs to a lumber mill, Cass Scenic Railroad has been transformed into one of the most scenic, historic, interesting passenger rail lines in the nation.
And one of the prettiest routes you can take on Cass Scenic's faithful Shay engines is the trip up Bald Knob.
Featuring a unique ecosystem that's more similar to what you might expect to find in Canada than West Virginia, Bald Knob rises high above all but one of West Virginia's plethora of mountain peaks.
And while you can hike to this scenic spot, you can see even more of its beauty perched high in a Cass Scenic Railroad train car.
Round-trip, the ride covers 22 miles and lasts for about 4.5 hours.
And all of it is up (or down, depending on whether you're going or coming) - the train climbs an impressive 2,290 feet from the Cass Depot to the top of Bald Knob!
At the top, you'll be able to climb off the train to stretch your legs and take in one of the best views in the state from a rustic wooden overlook.
In addition to miles of beautiful mountains, you'll even be able to see the Green Bank Observatory if you look closely enough!
Be sure to bring along a camera. There's no bad views to be had along the entire trip; it's all gorgeous!
Have you ridden up Bald Knob courtesy of Mountain Rail before? Would you do it again if you had the chance?
Maybe this is the year to make it happen!
To learn more or book a trip, visit
Mountain Rail’s website page devoted to Cass Scenic Railroad’s Bald Knob Trip. Tickets are approximately $75, and the train runs from mid-May to early November. While we’re on the topic, be sure to check out some of the other amazing trips through West Virginia that Mountain Rail has to offer! Address: Cass, WV 24927, USA