Cass Scenic Bald Knob Trip

Cass Depot, Cass, WV 24927, USA
from/per person $65
  • Regular Trains (Shown on Home Pg)
  • 4.5 Hour
  • Cass Depot
  • Lunch on Train
  • Steam

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Booking Calendar


Departs Cass Depot at 12:00 p.m.


Month Days Available
July 4 - Aug 30 Tuesday through Sunday (Subject to change due to COVID-19)
Sept 4 - Sept 20 Friday through Sunday, plus Monday 9/7 (Subject to change due to COVID-19)
Sept 22 - Oct 25 Tuesday through Sunday (Subject to change due to COVID-19)



Historic. Authentic. A ride into yesterday

The Cass Scenic Railroad is the same line built in 1901 to haul lumber to the mill in Cass. The locomotives are the same Shay locomotives used in Cass during that time, and in the rainforests of British Columbia for more than a half-century. Many of the passenger cars are old logging flat cars that have been refurbished.

Cass is the home to the world’s largest fleet of geared Shay locomotives. Five Shays, one Heisler, and one Climax reside here. The legendary turn-of-the-century class C-80 Shay, #5 has been toiling up Cheat Mountain for nearly 115 years, making it one of the oldest engines in continuous service on its original line, and the oldest operable Shay in existence! Reserve Now!

Trip Summary

Bald Knob – Approximately 22-mile, 4.5 hr. Round – trip Excursion

The long haul of 11 miles to Bald Knob takes about four and a half hours for the 22-mile round trip. Panoramas of the lofty Appalachians become more beautiful as the train climbs higher and higher. Passengers suddenly realize they are entering a completely different world, mainly because of the change in trees, flowers and atmosphere. By climbing the 2,390 feet from Cass (2452-feet) to Bald Knob (4842-feet) on Back Allegheny Mountain and second highest point in West Virginia, passengers have made the equivalent to an 800 mile trip to Canada in climate because of the higher altitude. Here are found spruce trees, snowshoe hares and other plants and animals typical in the far north. The rustic overlook affords one of the most awesome, overwhelming spectacles in the cast. Dwarfed by distance and almost lost in the vastness of the panorama is the giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope, at the Green Bank Observatory in the valley near the foot of the mountain. A remarkable contrast between the wilderness at Bald Knob and today’s space-age facilities!

A “King of the Road” hobo lunch will be provided to enjoy with your ride as well. The hobo lunch consists of a cold sandwich (lunch meat, cheese, etc. all separated in plastic wrap), chips, cookie, and bottled water. A ride on the Cass Scenic Railroad is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.


Regular Rates Weekend Fall Rates
Fall weekend rates begin Friday-Sept. 18
Age Group Cost Cost
Adult (12–64) $65.00 $70.00
Senior (65+) $63.00 $68.00
Child (4–11) $55.00 $60.00
Child (3 & under) Free Free
Group (25 ppl or more) $61.00 $66.00

* Rates, times, and dates are subject to change. Fall rates include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday excursions in mid-September through late October.

Boarding Location

Cass Depot
Cass, WV 24927
38°23’50.6”N 79°54’51.2”W

To Reserve By Phone – 304-636-9477

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: Cass boarding area is located at the Cass depot at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Cass, WV.

Important Info: If you have a reservation, please check in a ticket window prior to boarding. If you forget your tickets, we can print them for you. Walk-up tickets may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis only. As the Cass cars are open air, you may want to bring a jacket during cooler weather as the temperature can vary as you climb in to the higher elevations weblink. Also, as these are steam engine trains, if anyone in your party is sensitive to loud noise, you may want to bring ear plugs on the day of your excursion.

The WV Division of Highways and a private contractor are continuing their construction work on Route 66 approximately 2 miles east of the Town of Cass. To minimize traffic delays, the contractor will be doing blasting work for the next 3 to 4 Mondays, beginning July 20th. The road will be closed at 11am on Monday and will be reopened by 11am Tuesday or once the debris has been cleared. Message boards and signage will help direct traffic around the closure.

Scheduled dates for this work are July 20th, July 27th, August 3rd, and August 10th.


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



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