There's a new activity in Shelton – peddle powered rail rides with Vance Creek Railriders. Pedal the rails on the decommissioned Simpson Logging rail line for a 12-mile round trip work out!
As you pedal the multi-seat "railrider" along the track you will have the opportunity to see wildlife, old growth and new forests as well as diverse meadows teeming with wild flowers, moss, and ferns. You will pedal down across the winding Goldsborough Creek and return back up the gradual grade.
This gentle, but vigorous ride is suitable for all ages. If you tire on the adventure there is a motorized railrider to give you a little extra push up the hills. The excursions run daily though the summer at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Arrive 30 minutes early to check in and hear a safety briefing. Be sure to dress in layers as you will be traveling in wooded area where it can go from shade to sun. Also bring snacks and water bottle as the location of the start of the railride is fairly distant from Shelton. The rail head is at 421 West Hanks Lake Road, nine miles west of Hwy 101 on the Shelton/Matlock Rd. Don't be alarmed when you leave the main road for a short hop on a gravel logging road. The road is well-maintained albeit dusty!
Tickets are $24 for adults (and children over 12), $12 for kids under 12 years old. You can find more information and make your reservations at vcrailriders.com or call (541) 519-4200.