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Only few tix remain for special Saturday ride on Cheat Mtn. Salamander

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 01:08 PM

ELKINS, W.Va.  —  Only a handful of train tickets remain for a one-day train ride on Saturday on the Cheat Mountain Salamander.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, join The Nature Conservancy for a Golden Anniversary nature train ride from Elkins aboard the Cheat Mountain Salamander. This nine-hour, 128-mile ride into the high country spruce forests of Cheat Mountain will feature a special appearance by Rodney Bartgis, state director of The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia.

Bartgis will highlight the area’s natural history for passengers, including the restoration of West Virginia’s high-elevation spruce forests, home to the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel and the rare Cheat Mountain salamander which lends its name to this special train. Restoration of the high country forests has been a conservation priority for the Conservancy, which this year celebrates 50 years of conservation work in West Virginia.

The trip also includes many interesting features such as a long tunnel built with an “S” curve far underneath Cheat Mountain, numerous long mountain vistas, and many opportunities to view native wildlife. Stops include the inspirational “High Falls of the Cheat” and the former sight of the notorious town of Spruce, WV, once the highest and coldest incorporated town east of the Mississippi.

Cheat Mountain Salamander train winds through some of the wildest mountains of West Virginia. Space is limited. Reservations required. Call 1-877-686-7245 to make your reservation. Receive a $5 discount by providing the following code to the reservations agent: NC-SPRUCE-0160.

Find out more about the Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org