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Find your way to the Roaring Camp Steam train's departure point in the town of Felton. Make your way through the recreation of an historic town and exchange your voucher for a ticket on the train ride you have chosen. Booking this ticket ahead of time guarantees your spot and your choice of departure time; rides often sell out, especially in the summer.

Sit down on the open train and enjoy the scenery as the train chugs through the redwood forest. Listen to your conductor's commentary, which will fill you in on the history of the area and the train system in California. You'll learn that the train itself dates back to the 1800s and is one of the country's best preserved narrow-guage steam engines.

When you reach Bear Mountain's summit, hop out to stretch your legs and explore the nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Return to Roaring Camp at the end of your ride, which takes about an hour.

Locations visited
Roaring Camp Railroads
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Overview

Ride through the Santa Cruz redwood forests aboard a steam locomotive on this alternative sightseeing tour, a great choice for travelers with limited time. Guarantee access to the popular and often sold-out Roaring Camp Steam Train by booking in advance, and personalize your itinerary by choosing from a range of departure times.

Highlights
  • Book your ticket ahead of time to avoid sold-out departure times for the train
  • Learn about the redwood forest through your train conductor's commentary
  • Explore the Bear Mountain summit and its attractions
  • Walk through the historic village at the train's base camp
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Amazing trip and great commentary

We had a great day out looking around the old town, enjoying the steam train ride and taking a walk in the woods to see the truly fabulous redwoods. The chap who did the commentary was an absolute hoot and made thet tour all the...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 1 week ago
Steaming through the trees

Took the family here during our vacation break in July 2017 (Sorry - the system wouldn't let me set the correct year) and it was fun. Personally, I love steam trains, so this was especially enjoyable for me. They cover a lot of the history...More

Thank Mister C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Lots of fun for my little train enthusiast

My three-year-old and I went to ride the train because she loves trains, and horses. The length of the ride was perfect and she enjoyed it immensely. The conductor/guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a really good time. There is a nice picnic area,...More

1  Thank Janine W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent ride, parking charge disappointing

The station and facility were fine, and the train ride we really enjoyed, but on arriving you are charged $10 dollars just to park your car. After spending $110 for a family of 4 to ride the train we felt that the parking charge is...More

1  Thank Wendy P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent ride through the past

we really enjoyed our stop at Roaring Camp. they have a nice little village area with plenty to see. i'm sure it is more active during the summer but it was still good while we were there in late January. They have a gift shop...More

Thank slightlyheavy
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NadaS5
September 3, 2018|
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Response from Michael R | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, you would have to contact them. I myself wouldn't as it is a long trip with only one 15 minute stop for a break.
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Jill W
July 30, 2018|
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Response from dawgman4449 | Reviewed this property |
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pmsmls
July 7, 2018|
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Response from Eaglepipeclub | Reviewed this property |
Parking is $10. You can either park at Roaring Camps or park at the Henry Cowell State Park with the state fee at $10. I used the Park because it is closer to the train station and then came back to the State Park to walk... More
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