Train rides are a wonderful way to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Hocking Hills and experience the first method of long-distance mass transit in our nation’s history. The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway operates train rides that go between Nelsonville and Logan on a rail that was once part of the Hocking Valley Railway’s Athens Branch. In 1930, the railway was merged into the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is dedicated to the preserving, restoring and continuing the operation of historic railroad equipment for the education, entertainment and enjoyment of the public. The regular weekend train ride schedule includes:
- Noon Train to Haydenville , which takes passengers on a historic trip through the Valley, takes you on a trip through the pre-Depression era. You will see the remnants of industry and canals that provided the backbone of commerce for the Valley. You will also take a visit to Robbins Crossing, a pioneer log village set in the 1840s, 20 years before the Civil War. This is a 14-mile round-trip.
- 2:30 Train to Logan takes a similar path to that of the Noon Train to Haydenville. It is a 22-mile round trip journey through the history of the Valley, and features a stop at Robbins Crossing.
- Preseason Train to Logan runs at noon and 2:30 in the Spring, and is a 19-mile round trip through the Valley. This trip does not include a stop at Robbins Crossing, which is not open to the public until Memorial Day Weekend.
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway also provides many special train rides throughout the year, including the Robbery Train , Easter Train, Santa Train, Caboose Train, Memorial Day and Labor Day Trains, Fourth of July Trains and Fireworks Shuttle, Weekday Fall Foliage Train, Interactive Murder Mystery Trains and a Wine and Cheese Fundraiser Train. The Wine and Cheese Fundraiser is done in conjunction with the Stuart Opera House, also located in Nelsonville.