Located in Northern California’s Mendocino County there is a skunk running through the redwood forest, but this is not any skunk, it is the world famous Skunk Train. The California Redwoods, pristine coastline, and award winning vineyards are all a part of the landscape of what makes Mendocino County such an amazing place and home to this 130-year-old train.
Regardless of your departure point it is the occasional whistles as your train chugs through tunnels, over bridges (30 to be exact) and past open meadows, the train follows the coastal "Redwood Route" as it has since 1885. It is the towering trees, a glimpse of a deer drinking from the Noyo River, an isolated fisherman's cabin peeking from the forest, and the notion that you have left the rest of the world behind that draw people to the Skunk Train. Departing from Fort Bragg the first few miles are along the Pudding Creek estuary where common sightings include blue heron, egrets, osprey, ducks, and the occasional lounging turtle. After passing through a dark 1,122-foot tunnel, the Skunk Train snakes its way along Noyo River and zigzags through the Redwood thick Noyo River Canyon. If you choose to depart from Willits and travel to Northspur, your train will climb the eastern slope of the Coastal Mountain Range and cut through it at Tunnel #2 (the Summit) before descending down into the Redwood thick Noyo River Canyon. This is the mountain part of the railroad where 8.5 miles of track were laid in to cover a straight line distance of less than one mile.
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