Roaring Camp Railroads

Roaring Camp Railroads

5401 Graham Hill Rd.
Felton, California 95018
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Local Phone: (831) 335-4484

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Family-friendly (dogs included, of course) railroad operates steam excursion trains on a narrow-gauge track once used to haul giant redwood logs from the forest.

The second-growth trees on the site are still impressive, as are the wooden trestles and 19th-century engines used to pull the trains from Roaring Camp up a grade to Bear Mountain, where a picnic stop awaits.

The many special events put on at Roaring Camp throughout the year make for delightful multigenerational outings. 

The Roaring Camp Railroad also operates Beach Trains running along the San Lorenzo River to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park. The park is not dog-friendly, however.

Photo Credit: Joop Reubens

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Roaring Camp Railroads - Photo Credit: zak_the_vizsla
Roaring Camp Railroads - Photo Credit: zak_the_vizsla
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Photo Credit: Diana Spiewak
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Presley at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.
Photo Credit: @alisonrainw
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Photo courtesy: Roaring Camp Railroads
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