What Is The Autumn Colors Express?
The 2022 Autumn Colors Express takes you on a day-long journey through the New River Gorge National Park, 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.
Each train car is unique, but all feature comfortable seating, large picture windows, and restroom access. We offer a number of different seating options starting at only $179* per person.
In addition to affordable coach seating, the Autumn Colors Express is proud to be one of the last public passenger trains in the country to feature both glass topped dome cars and panoramic round-ended observation cars on a mainline railroad. Be sure to book your tickets early, seats in these special railcars sell out quick!
The New River Gorge National Park
The Autumn Colors Express travels through the heart of America’s newest National Park, The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve! Our train is the best way to see this amazing American treasure, slowing down to view various points of interest along the way- all while relaxing in our beautiful vintage railcars, sourced from all over the nation for this annual tradition.
The New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent, flowing northward through scenic canyons. The Autumn Colors Express follows the route of the famed Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad whose tracks hug both the New River and Kanawha River for over 50 miles offering a number of incredible views you can only see by train.
The region is rich in cultural and natural history. The area was once home to a number coal mines, timber operations, and railroad towns. Today, The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is world renowned for its outdoor recreational opportunities including whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and hiking.
Points of interest within the park that are viewable from the train include: the ghost town of Thurmond, scenic Sandstone Falls, and the iconic New River Gorge Bridge.
What’s the Itinerary?
The same schedule applies for Thursday through Sunday.
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
Rail Excursion Management Company plans to operate the Autumn Colors Express in 2022. However, please note we are subject to federal, state, and local regulations.
Currently Amtrak, Federal Railroad Administration, and Transportation Security Administration policies require ALL rail passengers to wear a mask, no exceptions. While these orders are set to expire BEFORE the event, they COULD be extended.
If Autumn Colors Express passengers are required to wear a mask at the time of the event, no refund will be issued to passengers declining to travel due to a mask mandate.