Cheat Mountain Salamander

315 Railroad Ave, Elkins, WV 26241, USA
from/per person $83
  • Regular Trains (Shown on Home Pg)
  • 2.5 or 8 Hour
  • Diesel
  • Elkins or Cheat Brg Dep
  • Lunch on Train

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Departs Elkins at 9:30 a.m. and Cheat Bridge at 12 p.m.
Month Days Available
May 25 - Sept. 22 2020 Schedule Coming Soon!
Sept. 26 - Oct. 27 2020 Schedule Coming Soon!


2020 Schedule Coming Soon!

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 stunning rail excursion, featuring great mountain vistas.

Explore some of the state’s most remote sections onboard this unique rail excursion. Choose between the full-day trip
from Elkins or the shorter half-day trip from Cheat Bridge. Buffet lunch included for all passengers at no additional cost.

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 Weekend Fall Rates
Fall weekend rates begin Friday-Sept. 14
Age Group Cost Cost
Adult (12–64) $83.00 $88.00
Senior (65+) $81.00 $86.00
Children (4-11) $73.00 $78.00
Children (3 and under) Free Free
Group $79.00 $84.00

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

Advanced online reservations are recommended to guarantee seating.

Price Cheat Bridge to Spruce (2.5 hrs)

Regular Rates Weekend Fall Rates
Fall weekend rates begin Friday-Sept. 14
Age Group Cost Cost
Adult (12–64) $47.00 $52.00
Seniors $45.00 $50.00
Children 4-11 $37.00 $42.00
Children 3 and under Free Free
Group $44.00 $49.00


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.

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 2018 season. Gift certificates can be issued for the full amount of the reservation at any time.

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