Signal Mountain is fifteen minutes from downtown Chattanooga and encompasses the incorporated towns of Signal Mountain and Walden as well as the unincorporated area of Hamilton County on the mountain. All residents of the mountain enjoy Signal Mountain amenities. The population of Signal Mountain and Walden is approximately 10,000 with 65% having a bachelor's degree or higher. The town of Walden has a minimum lot size of two acres and allows horses on the property.
Signal Mountain offers excellent schools; a new high school opened in 2008. Many parents see less need to send their kids to private schools.
There are many parks, including an award-winning children's playground built by residents. Prentice Cooper State Forest offers hiking on the Cumberland trail. The affordable Signal Mountain Country Club has a wonderful 18-hole golf course, putting green, club house, and swimming pool.
Signal Mountain has its own sports' league for adults and kids which contributes to the family-oriented atmosphere. Well-lit ball fields, a public Olympic pool with an outstanding swimming program, and public tennis courts with a pro support these activities.
Summer Day Camps offer swimming, pottery, painting, drama, music, and play by recreational staff. Bachman Community Center provides tutoring to students needing remedial work. Fine art, dance, music, and theater arts classes are offered year-round at the Mountain Arts Community Center.
The Alexian Village is a nationally rated continuing care retirement community on the mountain with a population of approximately 400 from all over the country.
Every year there is a barbeque to celebrate the Fourth of July and Labor Day at the Signal Mountain playground behind the Country Club. These are occasions for the whole familiy to enjoy food, music, and fireworks.
There are a few condominiums and townhouses on Signal Mountain, but most homes range from three bedrooms/two baths to five bedrooms/three baths and more. There are also homes on the brow with a view, large homes on estate-sized lots, horse farms, and more, that are pricey. Some subdivisions have restrictions. There are many houses outside restricted areas.