Going on Faith

Spring 2017

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going on faith [ spring 2017 ] 38 store and train depot remind visitors of a time when locomotives played a central role in American culture. Originally built in 1901 to transport lumber to the mill in Cass, the Cass Scenic Railroad — with black billows of smoke pumping into the sky from the engine — takes groups through lush, untamed countryside. As the train steadily climbs the mountainous terrain, passengers will see a re- created 1940s logging camp as well as a natural spring from which water is drawn to cool the engines. Eventually, the journey ends at Bald Knob, the third-highest point in West Virginia at an elevation of 4,700 feet. Visitors are free to walk out to the overlook and relish the sweeping view. Groups must reserve tickets in advance and are advised to arrive several hours early to take advantage of a free guided tour through the locomotive shops and a Cass orien- tation film. Warm clothes are recommended, since the mountain air can be chilly. www.cassrailroad.com PETIT JEAN STATE PARK ARKANSAS As Arkansas' first state park, Petit Jean State Park holds a rich threshold of his- tory, remaining one of the state's most popular attractions. Its central feature is the majestic, 24-room Mather Lodge, which was built in 1933 using rocks and timber from the surrounding area, though aspects of the structure recently underwent a $4.3 million renovation. Guests can bring tents or RVs to one of the 125 campsites or rent one of the park's yurts, which are large tents with bunk beds inside. There are numerous hiking trails to enjoy, and park staff often lead hikes on request to point out key landmarks, such as the Native American pictographs in Rock House Cave. Another popular program is the Owl Prowl, during which groups follow a guide on a night hike as they attempt to locate screech owls using an electric animal caller. West Virginia's Cass Scenic Railroad Cheaha State Park in Alabama Courtesy Cass Scenic RR State Park Courtesy AL State Parks Courtesy Sweetwater Creek State Park Courtesy Visit NC Stone Mountain State Park in North Carolina Interpreters at Georgia's Sweetwater Creek State Park Park Sweetwater Creek State Interpreters at Georgia's GRACELAND.COM/GROUPS • 800-238 -2010 © EPE. Graceland is a trademark of EPE. Elvis Presley™; Photo © 2017 ABG EPE IP LLC Feating E LV I S P R E S L E Y ' S M E M P H I S, an all-new immersive entertainment experience N O W O P E N T H E G U E ST H O U S E AT G R AC E L A N D TM For information, visit Graceland.com/GuestHouse GROUP R AT ES AVAILABLE

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