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Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

33 W Canal St, on U.S. Route 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764
+1 740-249-1452
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Plan to arrive early as the seating is first come, first served. We arrived about 30 minutes prior... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Chet P
Not what I was expecting

I thought there would be beautiful scenery. Not so much. Lots of what I would call ditchline. Some... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
Laverne T
Cincinnati, Ohio
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The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is a 501c3 non-profit organization operated entirely by volunteer members. It operates historic train rides from Nelsonville, Ohio, a close drive to the Hocking Hills. The track was originally built in 1869 and the HVSR has been providing family-friendly train rides since 1972. In addition to weekend trains between May and October, there are several theme trains including Easter Bunny Train, Robbery Train, All-Caboose Train, October Fall Foliage, Santa Trains, and New Year's Eve Train.
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33 W Canal St, on U.S. Route 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764
+1 740-249-1452
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Plan to arrive early as the seating is first come, first served. We arrived about 30 minutes prior to departure and found our seats on one of the open cars. As the scheduled departure time drew near, the announcer kept repeating on the very loud...More

Thank Chet P
Reviewed 22 October 2017

I thought there would be beautiful scenery. Not so much. Lots of what I would call ditchline. Some farm fields a couple creeks and some gravel pits. Lots of history on the local brick manufacturing. Don't take me wrong the train was interesting and the...More

1  Thank Laverne T
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

I would not recommend this as an outing only unless you were staying in this very small town and it is the only thing you have to do. We made the almost 3 hour drive from Akron and were looking forward to a fun, scenic...More

2  Thank traveltime409
Reviewed 21 October 2017

This train ride takes you along the Hocking River from Nelsonville to just east of Logan; along the way you will travel past Southeastern Ohio farmland, active sand quarry, Haydenville, an old historic company town, and other interesting sights. True, this may not be the...More

Thank TheTravelingBuck-i
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

It had been unseasonably warm in this area so the trees were green or lost their leaves. So disappointment in regards to seeing fall foliage. Car we were in was miserable. No air or even air circulating or no windows. Made trip extremely uncomfortable. So...More

Thank Donna A
Reviewed 17 October 2017

The family visited to ride the "fall foliage" train. There was a large crowd that was handled well. Adequate parking is available. Recommend arrive at least 15 minutes before scheduled departure. We picked up internet purchased tickets at the will call desk in the depot....More

Thank FredL757
Reviewed 9 October 2017

My wife and I have taken rides on about ten trains from the East coast to the West. Most have been enjoyable, some haven't. This particular ride was not the most scenic (partly because of rain and cool tempt.) but very relaxing and enjoyable. The...More

1  Thank J5649CFmichaelt
Bob L, Marketing Director at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you for your nice review and recommendation. We are happy that you enjoyed our historic and relaxing train ride. Hopefully you will visit us again, this time in more better weather.

Reviewed 27 September 2017

This was a nice leisurely ride for those wanting the experience of a train ride. The volunteers are informative but the scenery wasn't overwhelming. This is a nice activity for a group or for young children.

1  Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

First of all i like trains, I'm a failfan. For me it was great taking pictures of the locomotive and other items of rolling stock. However although we sat in the open car for the ride on a good sunny day, I got to agree...More

3  Thank honeymonster37
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Volunteers keep this memory alive. If you enjoy trains and want to know more about the history of the area you should go. Our ride (2:30 on a Sunday) went into Hocking Hills college for a stop to walk through some log buildings and watch...More

Thank DrSandyD
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Wayne M
25 May 2017|
Response from Thom P | Reviewed this property |
Check their website. The schedule seems to vary by season and they have special runs.
Nancy W
11 February 2017|
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Response from keith193 | Reviewed this property |
No bathrooms on the train. but half way they stop and there restrooms there. The ride is about 1 and 1/2 hours.