Area Activities

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Elkins is nestled in the beautiful mountains of east central West Virginia, the heart of Appalachia, alongside the Monongahela National Forest. The area presents these additional rail heritage venues: 1.) Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad - attendees will enjoy its dinner train Friday evening, but the railroad also offers a longer a trip aboard The Salamander to a different destination on selected days; 2.) West Virginia Railroad Museum, dedicated to educating visitors and the community about West Virginia’s railroad history, is just a half-mile from the D&E campus; 3.) Elkins is the southern trailhead for the Allegheny Highlands (Rail) Trail, a 26-mile hard-surfaced route north along the former Western Maryland Railroad right-of-way; 4.) Davis & Elkins College, where you'll find the mansions of Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen B. Elkins, who founded the College and built the railroad here, and site of the newly-created West Virginia & Atlantic Railroad, an HO scale model railroad that will depict how railroads served West Virginia communities and moved natural resources to market; and 5.) Talbott Frameshop, offering a dozen or more works by America's leading railroad artists that depict West Virginia's unique brand of mountain railroading.

Nearby you'll find the Durbin Rocket, an excursion operated by Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, in Durbin, West Virginia; Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad excursion in Romney, West Virginia; Cass Scenic Railroad in Cass, West Virginia; Oakland B&O Museum in Oakland, Maryland; Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland, Maryland; and Pocahontas County Society of Model Engineers in Green Bank.

West Virginia is home to more than 25 rail trails, many of them up and down the mountain spine where Elkins is situated. Visit the West Virginia Rails-To-Trails Council website for more information.

Come for Sounds of Railroading, discover a week's worth of other interesting things to do!