What Is The Autumn Colors Express?
The Autumn Colors Express takes you on a day-long journey through the New River Gorge, at the peak of the fall foliage season. The round trip from Huntington, WV to Hinton, WV lets you experience this beautiful area of West Virginia in a way few do. This special passenger train pulled by Amtrak is comprised entirely of privately-owned vintage rail cars from all over the nation, assembled exclusively for this event.
Boarding, Parking, and Shuttle Information
- Boarding, Parking, and Shuttle Information for Huntington, WV
- Boarding, Parking, and Shuttle Information for Charleston. WV
What’s the Itinerary?
The same schedule applies for Friday October 25th, Saturday October 26th, and Sunday October 27th.
Boarding begins promptly at 7:00 AM. We will depart Huntington, WV at 8:00 AM, in the shadow of the historic Chesapeake & Ohio railway station in downtown Huntington. Built in the 1931, this depot’s last C&O train departed on April 30th, 1971. We’re very excited to bring rail passengers back to this historic depot!
After departure we will pass through the following notable locations and towns on the way to Hinton, WV.
Charleston, WV: This is the state capitol of West Virginia. You may also board/detrain from the station in Charleston. You should be at the station at 8:30 AM and the train will board at 9:00 AM upon arrival
During the return trip in the afternoon we will arrive back to Charleston, WV at 6:00 PM
Kanawha Falls: Traveling towards Hinton in the morning, the falls will be on the left hand side of the train.
Hawk’s Nest Dam
Built in 1933, this dam is still in use providing power to this very day.
Once a bustling town, now abandoned as time moved forward and economic conditions changed. The Depot was built in 1904 and now serves as a park visitor center as well as an Amtrak flagstop.
Founded in 1873 Hinton marks the start of CSX’s Allegheny Subdivision. We are scheduled to arrive into Hinton at 11:30AM and depart at 3:00 PM.
The scheduled return time to Huntington, WV is 7:00 PM
Where Do I Board? Where do I Park? How do I get There?
We’ll board at the former C&O depot in downtown Huntington, on the 900 Block of 7th Avenue. Parking is available throughout Huntington. You can use this handy pin on Google Maps to find it, or search “Autumn Colors Express” in the app!
We have identified two parking decks for use during the Autumn Colors Express. There is no parking available at the CSX lot next to the boarding area. Please note that parking for Friday is slightly different from Saturday and Sunday.
Parking (Huntington Friday)
The City of Huntington and Huntington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has helped us secure parking for Friday 10/25. We are asking people to park in one of two garages.
Garage 1: Municipal Parking Garage located at 701 3rd Ave, Huntington, WV 25701 On Friday 10/26 there are 100 metered spots on the top deck that will be available for Autumn Colors Express Riders. These are the only spaces in this garage that are available all day.
Parking (Huntington) Saturday & Sunday
The City of Huntington and Huntington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has helped us secure parking for Saturday 10/26 and Sunday 10/27. We are asking people to park in one of two garages.
Garage 1: Municipal Parking Garage located at 701 3rd Ave, Huntington, WV 25701 Parking in Downtown Huntington is Free in metered spots on the weekends. This garage will be open for parking.
Parking Option 3: There is on street parking that is not metered on the weekends throughout Huntington. Boarding Area has some on street parking near it but it is not guaranteed.
We are in the final stages of securing a shuttle from the Parking Areas to the Station. More details should be available on 10/14
We’re proud to announce a NEW station for 2019- Charleston! This year, passengers can choose to board / detrain at either Huntington or Charleston
The City of Charleston, WV and the Charleston Visitor Bureau has arranged for parking and shuttles for the Autumn Colors Express stop in Charleston, WV. Make your way to the Charleston Civic Center Parking Garage (See Map Above) Located at 2 Quarrier St, Charleston, WV 25301 for free parking on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The City of Charleston, WV and the Charleston Visitor Bureau has arranged with KRT ( Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority ) to operate a special shuttle from the Clendenin Street Bus Stop (See Map Above) to the Charleston, WV Amtrak Station. This bus will operate at 7:55 AM, 8:15 AM, and 8:35 AM please make it to one of these buses for transportation. In the evening the buses will be waiting upon the Arrival of the Autumn Colors Express to Charleston, WV to take you back to the Parking Deck. There will be signage for the buses on the street near the Clendenin Street Bus Stop.
Navigating to Clendenin Street Bus Stop
– From the parking deck walk out onto Quarrier Street
– Make a left as you leave the parking garage. You will be walking away from the Bridge that Crosses the Elk River.
– You will walk approx 1 block to Clendenin Street and Make a left.
– The Bus stop will be on this street right near the corner