The most popular activity at the park is the Steele Creek Express with more than 18,000 riders per year.  This 24 gauge replica of a real steam engine dates back to the park opening in 1964. The train and track were completely renovated in 2007/2008 and continues to operate Memorial Day – Labor Day. 

The train depot is a small wood structure built by the TN High School Shop Class.  This serves as the ticket window and concession stand.  The train tunnel is a 10 ft x 80 ft block and wood structure that also serves as storage for the train when not in use. 

For generations, park goers have lined up to take a ride on the Steele Creek Express. Grandparents who first rode the train in the early 60’s and 70’s have shared those special memories with their kids and now their grandkids.  Sit back and take in all the sights as you travel lakeside back to yesteryear. 

The train departs the depot daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends only in spring and fall. 

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. to Sat. and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sun. 

Get your ticket at the depot for $1.00 per passenger.

  Date M-F        Sat.      Sun.
Opens April 19, 2019              11-6       1-6
Summers Hours May 27, 2019 11-6       11-6       1-6
Fall Hours Sept. 2, 2019              11-6       1-6
Shut Down Oct. 27, 2019