|The view from Signal Point towards downtown Chattanooga|
Over time, especially after cars became more common, Signal Mountain continued to grow. Growing backward from Old Town and the road up the front of the mountain, you can see Signal Mountain's development in the 1960s and 70s suburbs and, further back, more recent home from the 80s, 90s, and contemporary construction. What was once a small town of 200 homes has now expanded to the borders of other communities, such as the once-distinct town of Walden. Signal Mountain has gotten large enough to have its own school system. For years it was limited to Thrasher Elementary and Nolan Elementary, but in 2010 the Signal Mountain high school opened, transferring the district's students out of Red Bank High which Signal Mountain originally shared. Today Signal Mountain has some of the best schools in the Chattanooga area. The high school is the only IB Baccalaureate school in the area. Signal is also close to Baylor School, one of the co-ed private schools in town and one of only two that take boarding students.
A Wal Mart and an especially well-stocked BiLo serve the community at its foot, along with Shufford's Smokehouse, The Big Table, and some basic takeout restaurants-- Mexican, Chinese, Pizza. Atop Signal Mountain is a fantastic little Italian place, The Pastaria, and the Signal Mountain Pizza Place, which has phenomenal specialty pies like chicken cordon bleu pizza. There are also numerous other shops and restaurants that have really blossomed in the past 10-15 years. Signal Mountain even has its own farmer's market, saving residents from long trips to the markets downtown or in Brainerd. There are also many activities and entertainment options on Signal, from the Mountain Opry to the Signal Mountain Playhouse to extensive hiking trails. The trails on Signal, most notably those that run beneath Alexian and along the golf course from Signal Point past Rainbow Lake to Edwards Point and on into the sections of Cumberland trail that snake through the Tennessee River Gorge and Prentice Cooper national park.
|An average home in the Fox Run subdivision on Signal Mountain|