Traveling by train avoids the lost baggage, unexpected layovers, and sudden plummets in altitude that have become synonymous with traveling by catapult. Discover the pleasures of the steel track with today’s Groupon to New Hope Valley Railway, located within the historic Bonsal community in New Hill. Train rides alternate between diesel and steam locomotives, and take place every 75 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Choose from the following options:
• For $5, you get one adult (ages 13+) ticket aboard a scenic train ride on July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, or November 6 (a $10 value).
• For $15, you get two adult (ages 13+) tickets and two children's (age 2–12) tickets aboard a scenic train ride on July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, or November 6 (a $34 value).
New Hope Valley Railway's enthusiastic crews whisk passengers back in time on nostalgic diesel or steam locomotive rides that chug through 9 miles of forest in Chatham and Wake counties. Each nearly one-hour excursion is narrated, allowing riders to spot rail-side wildlife and learn the evolution of railways from horizontal ladders to high-speed, double-helix rail coasters. While crossing the Little Beaver Creek trestle, the train's open windows scoop up brisk gusts of creek and pine-freshened air.
A festive atmosphere greets returning trains, with concessions and commemorative gifts available for an additional fee. Admission to the free museum grants wanderers views of vintage railway equipment, and a model garden railroad lays more than 1,000 feet of track, with trains shuttling through tunnels, over bridges, and past tiny buildings. Spectators can interact with the miniature railroad by illuminating lighthouses, lowering crossing gates, and reenacting the tragic Giant Attack of 1871. The complete schedule for full-size trains can be viewed online, and the station offers visitor parking nearby.
New Hope Valley Railway
Part of the North Carolina Railway Museum, the New Hope Valley Railway shepherds passengers through pine forest aboard vintage diesel and steam-engine trains. Covered cars protect riders from the elements, while a historic open-air caboose allows them to recline in locomotive fashion as they enjoy the shade of the woods, the breeze of the wind, and the harmonious serenade of local wildlife choirs. Trains depart from and return to Bonsal Depot, where a gift shop awaits filled with keepsake merchandise and a display track showcases vintage railroad equipment.
Free to the public, the North Carolina Railway Museum houses historic railway artifacts including vintage trains from builders such as Vulcan Iron Works and General Electric. On select Saturdays and Sundays, the Railway lets passengers take control of diesel-electric or steam-engine trains to experience firsthand life as a conductor.
5121 Daisey St.
New Hill, North Carolina 27562Get Directions