History abounds at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, with the original, 11-mile rail system still in place for visitors to come and check out. In addition to these tourist attractions, the park is situated right in the center of Monongahela National Forest. Due to the prime location, you'll be experiencing some genuinely incredible views while wandering throughout the historical buildings, shops, and newly built museum facilities that live here.
Before really getting your feet wet, you'll want to stop by the visitor's center located at the northernmost entrance. Here, you can get a feel for a large number of attractions sprinkled throughout the forest grounds. Immediately adjacent to the visitor's center is The Company Store, which contains a restaurant, railroad-themed gift shop, and the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Museum.
If you're coming with your canine, be aware that they'll have to stay outside of any indoor structures. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is also home to the Cheat River, which houses some of the best fishing in the state of West Virginia. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Spruce and Shaver's Fork regions of the river, as they traditionally provide the best fishing.
Canines are encouraged to accompany their owners on fishing trips, provided they stay leashed up at all times. No rental equipment is provided, so make sure to bring a rod, reel, and anything else you might need. Specific to this park, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers scenic railroad rides throughout the year. This four and a half hour train ride takes you up to the third highest point in West Virginia, Bald Knob.
There are dinner services offered during the summer months, and special winter packages offered each season. For more information make sure to contact the West Virginia State Parks offices. While the park itself only offers walking tours of historic Cass, a significant portion of the Greenbrier River Trail is accessible via these walking paths. Feel free to bring your canine for a taste of the scenery, as long as they're on a 6-foot leash or shorter.