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Fall Colors in the Scenic City

Looking for some great ways to see the fall colors by train? Chattanooga and Etowah offers many options to see the brilliant changing colors. Jump on board the Tennessee Valley Railroad for a variety of train rides that take you through the beautiful Tennessee valley or up on Hiwassee River.

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Missionary Ridge Local Trips

Trip Details

The term “Local” refers to shorter trains that were once a lifeline to small towns along the railroad. Local trains featured frequent stops and services that included mail delivery, shipping of local produce, meat, and dairy products, and for some children even their daily ride to school!

Imagine as you stand on the platform as the train arrives... the train rolls to a stop with the ground rumbling beneath your feet, you feel a mounting sense of anticipation. The conductor calls the long awaited signal: “Board!” Excitement builds as passengers scurry to their seats, looking forward to a relaxing trip aboard the train, on to their next destination. This was a regular occurrence 100 years ago… and it still is today on the Missionary Ridge Local!

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Hiwassee Loop

Trip Details

Enjoy a 50-mile round trip up the beautiful lower Hiwassee River Gorge and view the beautiful fall colors. This 3.5-hour trip will take you to the top of the famous "Hiwassee Loop" where the tracks cross over themselves as they corkscrew up the mountain near Farner, Tenn. Snack items/drinks available for purchase on the train. The train departs from Etowah, Tenn. not Chattanooga.

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Chickamauga Turn

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All aboard the Chickamauga Turn for a 6-hour ride to the historic Civil War town of Chickamauga, Georgia via the former Central of Georgia Railroad. During the trip, enjoy a 90 minute layover in downtown Chickamauga, where you can visit the historic Crawfish Springs or the Gordon-Lee Mansion. There are also several shops and dining locations in town.

Grand Junction's boarding time is 10:00 A.M. and departure time is 10:15 A.M. , the return is approximately 4:00 P.M.

**All times are Eastern Standard**


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Copperhill Special(Not available in 2020)

Trip Details

Take an extended day trip excursion through the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, over the Hiwassee Loop, and onto the joint cities of Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, GA. Total 94 mile round trip. Have lunch on your own during the 90 minute layover before returning to Etowah. Departure time is 9:30 A.M. and return is generally around 6:15 P.M.

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Autumn Leaf Special / Summerville Steam(Not available in 2020)

Trip Details

These vintage trains follow a historic route from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga to Summerville, Georgia; crossing the state line in Rossville, traveling past Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and through Chickamauga, Rock Spring, LaFayette, Trion, and into Summerville. Departure for the all-day trip is 9:00 a.m. Eastern and 8:00 a.m. Central Time with return approximately 6:00 p.m. Eastern and 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

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