Travel

Summit’s Tennessee location is in the historic town of Dayton, Tennessee, on the beautiful campus of Bryan College. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, Dayton is also the home of the famous Scopes Trial. 

Regarding proper arrival times, please make reservations to arrive on the first Sunday of your session between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM (check-in hours), if possible. Regarding departures, please make arrangements to depart on the morning or early afternoon of the second Saturday of the session. Please keep in mind that Bryan College is a 25 minute drive from the Chattanooga airport.

Note: Summit offers a shuttle from the Chattanooga airport (cost is $20 one way). Summit Ministries staff will be in the baggage claim area of the Chattanooga airport as students arrive. If you do not see a staffer in the baggage claim area, please call Summit Ministries at 719.685.9103.

We realizing flying into a small airport can be pricey, so a more affordable option might be for your student to fly into the Atlanta or Nashville airport, and then have them take an airport shuttle (Summit does not offer this, but both the Atlanta and Nashville airport offer a great option for this) to the Chattanooga airport.

Note: Unfortunately due to privacy policies for attendees, we cannot offer names or contact information of individuals looking for carpooling options. We suggest you visit our Summit Facebook page to connect directly with students coming from your area.

There are a variety of hotels available for parents staying overnight.

By Plane

By Bus

By Car

From Atlanta, GA
  • Take I-75 north, staying on I-75 at the I-75/I-24 split in Chattanooga.
  • Take the Hwy 153/Chickamauga Dam exit.
  • Stay on Hwy 153 until U.S. Route 27.
  • Take 27 north until you reach Dayton.
  • Turn right onto Route 30 and follow the signs to Bryan College.
  • (Driving time is approximately 3 hours.)
From Birmingham, AL
  • Take I-59 north to Chattanooga.
  • Once in Chattanooga, take U.S. Route 27 north to Dayton.
  • Turn right onto Route 30 and follow the signs to Bryan College.
  • (Driving time is approximately 2.5 hours. During the 2.5 hour trip to Dayton you will have entered the Eastern Time Zone. Move your watch one hour ahead.)
From Knoxville, TN
  • Travel I-40/I-75 west until the two interstates split.
  • Take I-75 south to exit #60 at Sweetwater.
  • Take 68N west to U.S. Route 27.
  • Take 27 South into Dayton.
  • Turn left onto Route 30 and follow the signs to Bryan College.
  • (Driving time is approximately 1.5 hours.)
From Nashville, TN
  • Travel I-40 east to the U.S.
  • Route 127 Crossville exit.
  • Take 127 south through town.
  • Two miles south of Crossville turn left onto Route 68 south.
  • Follow this to U.S. Route 27.
  • Take 27 south into Dayton.
  • Turn left onto Route 30 and follow the signs to Bryan College.
  • (During the three hour trip to Dayton you will have entered the Eastern Time Zone. Move you watch ahead one hour.)
From Chattanooga, TN
  • Take U.S. Route 27 north to Dayton.
  • Turn right onto Route 30 and follow the signs to Bryan College.
  • (Driving time is approximately 45 minutes.)
From Cleveland, TN
  • Take State Highway 60 west/north to U.S. Route 27.
  • Turn right onto U.S. Route 27 north and follow for about 2 miles.
  • Turn right onto State Highway 30 east and follow signs to Bryan College.
  • (Driving time is approximately 45 minutes.)
From Athens, TN
  • Follow State Highway 30 west to Dayton, then follow signs to Bryan College.
  • (Driving time is approximately 45 minutes.)

Lodging Information for Parents

The Holiday Inn Express is located at 2650 Rhea County Highway, Dayton, TN. Accommodations include 66 guest rooms, 350 square foot meeting room, interior corridors, three floors, feature rooms with refrigerators and microwaves, two telephones with two lines, data port and voice mail in each room,  and high-speed Internet access.  Amenities include a complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, health/fitness center, and guest self-laundry facilities.  Reservations can be made by calling 423.570.0080 or visiting www.hiexpress.com.