Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 45 miles one way to caverns; approximately 2 hours roundtrip. Walking about 1/2 mile total throughout the day; approximately 1 hour in caverns; well-lit, slightly damp pathway descends about 165 feet from entrance; wide stone steps with handrails, numerous places to sit and rest along the way; brief periods of standing.
In the hotel lobby, our daily breakfast buffet will offer a rotating variety of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meat, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, assorted breads and pastries, plus milk, juices, coffee, tea, and water.
In the hotel conference room, we will be joined by local experts who will present background lectures on distinctive features of the railroad engines, their historic uses, and train routes. First, representatives from Cass Scenic Railroad will present an overview of the history of the Cass Scenic Railroad and its conversion from hauling timber to becoming an excursion train for visitors. Discussion will include unique features of Shay, Heisler and Climax steam engines. After a short break, a representative from the Durbin and Greenbrier Railroad will discuss unique features of the Durbin Rocket, Cheat Mountain Salamander, and Mountain Explorer trains.
At a popular neighborhood restaurant, a short walk from the hotel, enjoy a buffet lunch including salads, choice of locally favorite entrées, bread, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
After boarding a motorcoach, we’ll take a ride to Seneca Caverns to explore the natural underground formations. A representative of Seneca Caverns will accompany us during our walk through the caverns to provide educational commentary about how the caverns were formed. After exploring the caverns, we’ll try our luck at gem mining, an activity during which we will search for minerals and gems in amongst the dirt, mud, and rocks. Discover your own take-home treasure!
At Asbury's Family Restaurant located at Seneca Caverns, we will enjoy a buffet with two choices for entrees, salad, seasonal vegetables, and beverages that include coffee, tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll then return to the hotel in Elkins via motorcoach. Upon arrival, we’ll head to the conference room where we will enjoy an evening of train songs with a local performer who specializes in songs and stories about American railroads. This will include many familiar train songs and some of the stories behind the building of the railroads. Our full-time musician and performer uses an assortment of musical instruments including the banjo, harmonica, guitar, dulcimer, and auto harp to accompany his songs.