You Can Now Pedal Through California’s Scenic Redwood Forest on a Railbike

Riding a Skunk Train Railway Tour

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

In an effort to give a new lease on life to some of America’s historic railway lines, Skunk Train is repurposing unused train tracks as adventurous tour routes. One of its most popular experiences is an excursion through the world-famous Redwood Route in northern California. But rather than ride the rails via train, you and a friend can pedal an electric-powered railbike meant for two.

The railbike guided tour takes around two hours and begins at Fort Brag, just off the coast. From there, you'll meander along the scenic Pudding Creek, cross wooden trestle bridges, and take in the majestic beauty of the ancient redwoods of Mendocino County. Upon reaching Glen Blair Junction, you'll have a 50-minute break to enjoy a picnic or explore the woods on foot.

There's no need to steer the railbikes. Without the need for driving, you and your partner can simply sit back and pedal at a leisurely pace while taking in the surrounding scenery. “You’re unbound, able to look around at the wonder of this untouched stretch of the natural world,” Skunk Train says, “spotting blue herons, osprey, an occasional lounging turtle, perhaps a playful river otter, a deer munching on the foliage, and during peak berry season maybe even a bear.”

Check out the Skunk Train railbikes below and book your Redwoods adventure here.

You can pedal through the scenic Redwood Forest on a two-person, electric-powered railbike.

Redwood Forest Rail Bikes

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

Riding a Skunk Train Railway Tour

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

Riding a Skunk Train Railway Tour

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

A company called Skunk Train created the experience as a way to repurpose the historic railway line.

Redwood Forest Rail Bikes

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

Redwood Forest Rail Bikes

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

Riding a Skunk Train Railway Tour

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

Redwood Forest Rail Bikes

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

Once you reach Glen Blair Junction, you have time to stop and enjoy a picnic or explore the woods on foot.

Redwood Trees in Northern California

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

Forest in Northern California

Photo: Brendan McGuigan

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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