Hop Aboard to Enjoy a Scenic Train Ride

The Catskills are a year-round gem of scenic, natural beauty that is generously on display through all four seasons. Fall is a particularly glorious time of year as stunning foliage blankets the rolling mountains in vibrant hues. Late September through October is the perfect time for leaf-peeping to experience the marvelous fall colors on the mountains. Taking a scenic train ride on the area’s historic railroads is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the views. Hop aboard, sit back, and enjoy the ride!

In Delaware County, the Delaware & Ulster Railroad (top photo) takes you on a leisurely 2-hour round-trip excursion between Arkville, NY and Roxbury, NY, promising some of the country’s most magnificent scenery along the way. Sit comfortably in a vintage coach or enjoy the breeze on an open car. Some rides come with scheduled special events: light-hearted train robberies, twilight rides, and dining for groups. Trains depart on Saturdays and Sundays, and pricing varies between $12 and $20 per passenger.

In Ulster County, the Catskill Mountain Railroad Co. (photo below) serves the historic Hudson Valley with exciting recreational rides. Trains depart from Kingston, NY, and run up to Harley Mountain and back with gorgeous views from beginning to end. Vintage passenger trains offer comfort and ease. Special excursions include Foll Foliage Trains (October 7-15), Pumpkin Patch Trains (October 21-29 with a visit to the pumpkin patch where kids can pick their own pumpkin to bring home), and The Polar Express around Christmas (November 17 to December 28). Prices between $12 and $18.