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.
Chickamauga Lake is a 35,000 square foot lake formed by the Chickamauga Dam which is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) system. The dam itself is located within the city limits of Chattanooga. The lake makes possible all water related sports: fishing, boating, camping, water skiing, and jet skiing. There are two state parks and four municipal parks located on the lake.
There are many boating opportunities at the lake including ten marinas. Public boating ramps are available for those wishing to keep their boats at home. Two private yacht clubs - Privateer and Chattanooga - offer regattas and family events. Chester Frost Park, a Hamilton County Park, has a public swimming beach, fishing pier, boat ramps, picnic areas - including some covered, and camping facilites. From Chickamauga Lake it is possible to sail or cruise to the Gulf of Mexico through a series of locks.
North and South Shore
Hundreds of new housing units including town homes, condos, and apartments have been built downtown on both sides of the Tennessee River. Downtown living offers convenient access to work and numerous "after 5" venues for enjoyment. Upscale shopping centers, boutiques, and restaurants have been opened in both areas. The historic Art District includes Hunter Museum and Bluff View with restaurants, B&Bs, and a sculpture garden overlooking the river.
North Chattanooga is made up of many cottages and bungalows that have been remodeled or are undergoing remodelling. Riverview is a sub-area with large homes, many of which are river-side. This area offers the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club, and easy access to restaurants and activiites downtown and along the riverfront. Normal Park Magnet School, K-8, draws many families with children to North Chattanooga.
Fort Wood National Historic District is located just east of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus. It is also very convenient to downtown. Originally a Civil War fortification, the neighborhood was developed in the 1880s. It contains beautiful examples of architechture including Queen Anne, Tudor, and Romanesque, many listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Wood is a very desirable neighborhood and its historic preservation is ongoing.