(Departs Elkins, WV Depot)

Named in honor of the little endangered creature whose sole habitat is the river of the same name, the CHEAT MOUNTAIN SALAMANDER takes you through some of the wildest mountain wilderness you will ever experience!

Cheat Mountain Salamander Trip Information

Travel into the high country spruce forests of legendary Cheat Mountain on the most distinctive rail excursion in the eastern US. This 128-mile (approximately 8 hour) ride transports you through mile after mile of unbroken, untamed mountain wilderness that has remained unchanged since the time before modern civilization arrived. This trip also includes many interesting features such as a long tunnel built with an “S” curve far underneath Cheat Mountain, numerous long mountain vistas, and many opportunities to view exotic wildlife including bald eagle and black bear sightings. Stopovers include the inspirational “High Falls of the Cheat” and the former sight of the notorious town of Spruce, WV, once the highest and coldest incorporated town east of the Mississippi, accessible only by rail.

Pricing & Schedule


2016 Cheat Mountain Salamander Schedule

Departs Elkins at 9:15 a.m. and Cheat Bridge at 12pm

Every Saturday & Sunday in May

Thursday through Sunday from June through Sept. 18 (except July 16th)

Tuesday through Sunday from Sept. 20 through Oct. 23

Plus Thursday through Sunday October 27 to 30

Special River Restoration Excursion, June 3


2016 Cheat Mountain Salamander Rates

Cheat Bridge to Spruce (2.5 hrs) Rates

Adult (12–64) $44

Senior (65+) $42

 Child (4–11) $36

 Child (3 & under) Free

Boarding Location:
Cheat Bridge Station
38.611667, -79.874167

Elkins to Spruce (8 hrs) Rates

Adult (12–64) $81

Senior (65+) $79

Child (4–11) $71

Child (3 & under) Free

Boarding Location:
Elkins Depot
315 Railroad Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241

38:55 17 N 79:51 3 W

* Some dates excluded. Rates, times, dates are subject to change, including a $5 upcharge on peak Fall Saturdays.

Paid advance reservations are recommended to guarantee seating


TO RESERVE BY PHONE – 877-686-7245

Call Monday – Friday – 9AM – 5PM

Group Seating: Every effort will be made to seat groups as close together as possible on the train. Please let us know your needs prior to boarding.
Boarding: Elkins boarding area is located at the Depot on 315 Railroad Avenue in the Downtown area. Ticket office in Elkins is open 45 minutes to an hour prior to departure.
IMPORTANT INFO: If you have a reservation, your eTicket will be scanned as you board the train. You may also purchase tickets at the ticket window. If you forget your eTicket, we can print them for you.
Cancellation Policy: If cancellations are made within 48 hours prior to boarding, there will be no refund. If notice of cancellation is made before 48 hours before departure, a 10% cancellation will be charged to any refund. You may reschedule at any time with no charges for a trip in the 2016 season. Gift certificates can be issued for the full amount of the reservation at any time.

Activity ID: 1009203 Activity Name: Mountain Rail - Homepage Activity Group Name: CEOC-WVSp12