Top Menu

  • banner-trough1

    2016 Season is underway!

    Please see our Schedule for excursion dates and times.

  • banner-groups

    Group Trips

    Planning a group adventure? Learn more here!

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
Crossing Sycamore Bridge

Crossing Sycamore Bridge

The historic Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad is one of America’s most beautiful train rides. Enjoy a narrated excursion through a tranquil and pristine mountain valley. View historic farms and lush mountain greenery. Around every curve, you are rewarded with the splendor of native wildflowers, evergreens, and mixed hardwoods in an unspoiled countryside environment. Experience “The Trough,” a spectacular narrow mountain valley. Below you runs the South Branch of the Potomac River, where the water is so clear that you can see fish as they lie resting in the shade. Above you, the high mountain walls and thick forest help keep a secret few have discovered.

Passengers spot eagles aboard the gondola car

Passengers spot eagles aboard the gondola car

You have entered a sacred place, the eastern home of our magnificent national symbol, the American bald eagle. These majestic birds soar high above in their natural habitat, undisturbed by the low rumblings of the occasional train and the passengers who have come for a sighting. Don’t be surprised to see these superb flyers swooping overhead in pursuit of prey or gliding gently across the blue mountain skies as if to flaunt their supremacy of the air.

Bring your cameras and binoculars for a great family outing. History and scenic beauty combine for an awesome travel experience.

Bald Eagle Trivia

An American bald eagle on a tree in the Trough

An American bald eagle on a tree in the Trough

  • Eaglets weighing 9-12 lbs. leave the nest at about 10-13 weeks of age.
  • An adult bald eagle is 2½ ft. in length & has a wingspan of 6½ -7 ft.
  • Bald eagles are protected by state and federal laws.
  • Bald eagles mate for life.
  • The bald eagle was adopted as America’s National Symbol in 1782
  • First recorded in 1981, the first bald eagle nest in WV was discovered along the South Branch of the Potomac.