Signal Mountain : Tennessee


What It Is Like to Retire in Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain is a suburb of Chattanooga with a mostly affluent population of 7,200.  As the name suggests, this promontory was used for signalling both by the native Americans and the armies during the Civil War. Nearby outdoor attractions include the Cumberland Trail, Mabbitt Springs, Rainbow Lake, Edward's Point, and Signal Point  (a U.S. National Park). At one time there was a trolley connecting Signal Mountain and Chattanooga. Picture of Signal Mountain courtesy of Wikipedia and I, Teke, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Signal Mountain and Home Prices

You can live in the town or in one of the Active Communities or developments nearby. The median home value was $420,575 in mid-2021, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Signal Mountain

Signal Hill is a nice town in a beautiful setting. It is a complete enough town for most major needs, with nearby hospitals 7 miles away in Chattanooga.

What Is Not Special about Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain might be a bit quiet and remote for some people, located at the top of a mountain.

Who Will Like Retirement in Signal Mountain

The average age is about 44, older than in most communities, so many retirees must like it here. It is for people who want a quiet and beautiful town close to nature.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Health Care and manufacturing.


Climate and Physical Environment

Signal Mountain is high on a hill in southeastern Tennessee, 7 miles from Chattanooga. Georgia and Alabama are nearby.The average January temperature is in the high 30's. The elevation is 1,700'.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Signal Mountain Playhouse presents 2 plays per year including an outdoor musical every summer in the natural amphitheatre behind the Town Hall. The Mountain Arts Community Center offers classes in music, dance, and visual arts from its historic building. Bachman Community Center has many yearly events, as well as a small library and community garden plots. The Mountain Opry hosts a weekly bluegrass music show every Friday evening.


Crime is very low in Signal Mountain.

Medical Facilities

Chattanooga has hospitals and plenty of doctors just 7 miles away.


There are 4 highways leading up to the town. Nearby Chattanooga has an airport.

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What people are saying about Signal Mountain

Make a visit to be sure!
The above information says that all those things are \"close\" to Signal Mountain but be advised - the \"mountain\" in the name is real! To get to any of those things, you have to drive down the mountain. If you don\'t mind crazy \"S\" curves, horrible drivers, and steep decline then this is the place for you. But, what comes down, has to go back up - again with the \"S\" curves, crazy drivers coming at you and the steep inclines in the dark - not so fun! Friends of mine lived up there at one point. If they wanted to do anything after work - he had to drive up the mountain to get her, then drive back down OR she met him in town then they both had to drive back. Not much up on the mountain to do so think twice. The Alexian Brothers community is a beautiful spot on the brow of the mountain but it is old and not sure if they are updating or not. Still, I would hate to have to have an ambulance have to come get me and take me down to the hospital - yikes!
Posted by Flatearth6 on January 11, 2017

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