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Chattanooga Grand Junction Station invites adventurers of all ages to embark on an unforgettable educational journey steeped in history, nature, and the unmatched charm of train travel. We welcome school and camp groups to our beautiful Tennessee station, with a range of interactive experiences that guarantee a day full of learning and fun.

Tailored Group Experiences

Our station offers tailored trip durations to fit every group’s requirements, with a minimum of 20 individuals during the season and a quota of at least 80 passengers for a charter trip. For detailed information regarding our educational rates, teachers and group leaders are encouraged to reach out to our Passenger Sales Manager at 423.894.8028, ext. 1017.

Ride the Rails on the Missionary Ridge Local

Join us on the Missionary Ridge Local, an exciting train ride that winds through the beautiful Tennessee landscape. This journey offers a unique glimpse into the past, allowing children to explore the Chattanooga Grand Junction Station, witness a real railroad turntable in operation, and even take a sneak peek into the restoration shop. To enhance the educational experience, we optionally provide age-specific railroad safety videos or seasonal exhibits in our depot theater, when available.

The adventure doesn’t stop when you step off the train. You can enjoy our outdoor railroad exhibits and a large picnic grove, perfect for a leisurely meal and a break from the summer sun.

Delicious Boxed Lunches

To keep your energy levels high for the adventure, we offer a variety of delectable boxed lunch options. Choose from ham or turkey croissant sandwiches, chicken salad croissant sandwiches, classic hot dogs, corn dogs, or kid-favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. All of our meals come with a side of crispy chips, a sweet cookie, and a refreshing bottle of water.

Nature and History Unite: The Hiwassee Field Trip

Our Hiwassee Field Trip is an exceptional opportunity for students to marry education with adventure. This 75-minute excursion whisks you through the breathtaking Cherokee National Forest and the lower Hiwassee River Gorge. The journey commences at Gee Creek State Park near Etowah, TN, and promises an immersive exploration of nature’s beauty and the integral role railroads have played in American history.

Planning your Trip: Policies

When booking a trip, a refundable 20% deposit is due, which can be returned if canceled at least 30 days prior to the trip. Final payment and passenger count for the Missionary Ridge Local trips are due a week before the trip, whereas, for other trips, these details are needed two weeks in advance. If there are any changes in the number of passengers, these must be communicated 48 hours prior to the trip. Unfortunately, any last-minute changes cannot be refunded.

Please note that our off-season is January – February & November – December.

Join us on a unique journey, bridging the past and the present, the young and the old, all while experiencing the simple joy of a train ride. Chattanooga Grand Junction Station is where memories are made and education comes alive!

Click here to book your spot.