Bald Eagles

Since 1991, Potomac Eagle has operated scenic rail excursions through the South Branch Valley of West Virginia. In addition to the beautiful scenery and rich history, passengers can enjoy the opportunity to see American bald eagles.

Because of the clean water, tall trees, and breathtaking environment, the South Branch makes a perfect home for these birds. As you roll through the valley, you’ll be able to view these birds in their natural habitat. These majestic creatures are easy to spot with their distinctive white head and tail features, and yellow beak and feet. 

Trough Eagle

Ready for some Bald Eagle Trivia? Learn some fun and interesting facts about these beautiful birds before you get on board for our immersive experience. 

  • Adopted as America’s National Symbol in 1782
  • Protected by state and federal laws
  • They mate for life.
  • Eaglets weighing 9-12 lbs. leave the nest at about 10-13 weeks of age.
  • An adult bald eagle is 2½ ft. in length & has a wingspan of 6½ -7 ft.
  • The first bald eagle nest in West Virginia was discovered along the South Branch of the Potomac River in 1981.
  • As of early 2017, WV Division of Natural Resources says there are 8 documented nests in the Trough.
  • Eagles tend to be more active in overcast and/or rainy weather.