Cheat Mountain Salamander

315 Railroad Ave, Elkins, WV 26241, USA
from/per person $81
  • Regular Trains
  • 2.5 or 8 Hour
  • Diesel
  • Elkins or Cheat Brg Dep
  • Lunch on Train

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Departs Elkins at 9:15 a.m. and Cheat Bridge at 12pm
Month Days Available
May 20 to 28 Every Saturday & Sunday
June to Sept. 17  Friday through Sunday
Sept. 21 to Oct. 28 Thursday through Sunday
(additional ticket cost)


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! Travel into the high country forests of legendary Cheat Mountain on this most distinctive rail excursion, featuring great mountain vistas. Choose between Elkins Depot and Cheat Bridge departures. This trip includes a cold sandwich buffet served en route.

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.

Trip Summary

  • 35-mile, 2.5 hr. and 120-mile, 8.5 hr. Excursions
  • Climate controlled
  • Lunch included
  • Experience the full route and connect to the Cass Scenic Railroad at Spruce!
  • Shorter trip available. Board from Cheat Bridge instead!

Price Elkins to Spruce (8.5 hrs)

Regular Rates Saturday Fall Rates
(Sept 16th, 23rd, & 30th and Oct 7th, 14th & 21st)
Age Group Cost Cost
Adult (12–64) $81.00 $86.00
Senior (65+) $79.00 $84.00
Children (4-11) $71.00 $76.00
Children (3 and under) Free Free
Group $77.00 $82.00

Price Cheat Bridge to Spruce (2.5 hrs)

Regular Rates Saturday Fall Rates
(Sept 16th, 23rd, & 30th and Oct 7th, 14th & 21st)
Age Group Cost Cost
Adult (12–64) $45.00 $50.00
Seniors $43.00 $48.00
Children 4-11 $35.00 $40.00
Children 3 and under Free Free
Group $41.00 $46.00


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.

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 2017 season. Gift certificates can be issued for the full amount of the reservation at any time.

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

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