Monteagle Mountain is a section of the Southern Cumberland Plateau region in the southeastern part of Tennessee. Interstate US 24 between Chattanooga and Nashville crosses the mountain. It is 45 minutes from Chattanooga and 90 minutes from Nashville. Cumberland Plateau is the largest remaining forested plateau in the continental United States. It is home to the 21,649 acre South Cumberland State Recreation Area. Miles of trails make this a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers.
Monteagle Mountain has several retirement/resort areas. Many residents live in them year-round. Some spend their weekends here and others come for the summer season. The town of Monteagle is home to the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, established in 1882. It has long been a summer home mecca for Nashville and Chattanooga. A number of residents have winterized their homes for year-round residency. A vast array of educational and cultural activities educate and inspire children and adults during the eight week summer season.
Cliff Tops, a 2,000 acre gated resort community, is located atop Monteagle Mountain. All homes and vacant wooded tracts have five or more acres. Some properties are on the brow of the mountain; others are wooded or on the lake. The homes blend in with the surrounding environment for a natural setting. There are two clubhouses; one on the large 60 acre lake and one on the bluff overlooking the valley. Horse stables and many riding trails are available in Cliff Tops. Wild life is abundant for the nature lover.
Sewanee also lies on the mountainous Cumberland Plateau on Monteagle Mountain. It is best known as the home of the University of the South, commonly called "Sewanee." The Sewanee Review has been published there continuously since 1892. The University is renowned for its scenic campus with mostly Gothic architecture. Of special interest is the beautiful All Saints' Chapel with its magnificent organ. The School of Theology at the University of the South is a leader in Episcopal education for priests and lay leaders. St. Andrews-Sewanne, a private school for grades 6 through 12, is one of the oldest boarding-day schools in the south.
Every summer a two-week writers' conference and a two-week music festival are held at Sewanee with participants attending from all over the country. The University has many programs, recitals, and outstanding speakers throughout the year. Many people want to be part of this activity in a small campus town and have acquired retirement or second homes in this beautiful area.