Train Rides
The New Hope Valley’s scenic round trip excursions are a mix of relaxing pine tree forest scenery and NC railroading history. It’s an exciting and educational experience for riders of all ages!
The scenic 9-mile round trip ride is about 55 minutes long. All trains depart from Bonsal, NC.

Hours of Operation
See schedule page for train ride events and operations.
The North Carolina Railway Museum is primarily an outdoor exhibit of historic and heritage railroad equipment; a living museum. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
Admission to the museum is free.

Covered excursion passenger cars or historic caboose
Relax, soak in a cool breeze as the covered excursion cars allow passengers the best view of our natural scenery, the train, and the crew. Even on the hottest of NC days, the cool shade of the woods and a slight breeze make the ride enjoyable.

New Hope Valley
Heading north, your train travels the rolling piney hills of the New Hope Valley. Keep an eye out for all sorts of wildlife along the tracks. Deer, turkey, turtle, hawks and even owls have been spotted in the woods and along the right-of-way.  From time-to-time some plots next to our tracks are still logged for the lumber - the same resource that first brought trains into the Valley. More History

Little Beaver Creek Trestle
Built in the mid 1970s by the Army Corp of Engineers when the rail line was relocated, this wooden pile trestle crosses over Little Beaver Creek.  At times the creek is dry and difficult to imagine as continuous but during wet periods the stream is broad and swift.

Gift Shop
Upon return to Bonsal Depot, take time to visit the gift shop and view our selection of railroad-themed mementos and toys.

Display Track
Visit the display track at Bonsal Depot to view of some of our vintage railroad equipment.  Our collection of diesel "critters" were a mainstay of industry and rail service in NC.  The cars and displays tell of a different era - when iron rails delivered mail, lumber, tobacco, produce, raw materials and a variety of goods.

No On-board Restrooms
There are no restroom facilities available on-board the train; restroom facilities are available at Bonsal Depot only.

If you or your group has special needs, please contact us ahead of time with your scheduled excursion info, and we will try to accommodate you.  Our platforms and cars can usually accommodate wheel-chairs, but please don't hesitate to inquire.

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