2018 // Collegedale & Apison

Did You Know?
McKee Foods has called Chattanooga and Collegedale home for more than 70 years. Having first met at Southern Adventist University, founders O.D. and Ruth McKee went on to supply the world with the ever-popular Little Debbie® snack cakes.

Situated between Ooltewah and the Georgia state line, the communities of Collegedale and Apison draw residents with their laid-back charm and nearby city amenities.


Real Estate: Home to retirees, young adults, and families, Collegedale offers gorgeous country estates, family-friendly subdivisions, and affordable condominiums. The community of Wellesley features quality move-in ready homes in a quiet location, while the nearby Mulberry Park neighborhoods include townhomes, condominiums, and single-family homes.

Single-family homes of all sizes and architectural styles line Apison’s streets. A wave of new constructions, many located in planned communities, offer custom-built homes boasting various amenities and floor plans. The Ridges of Crystal Brook, Bentwood Cove, Maple Grove, Prairie Pass, and Hope Ranch Estates are popular neighborhoods perfect for families.

Top Employers: Enterprise South Industrial Park, which houses companies like Volkswagen, Amazon, and Gestamp, is a short commute from Collegedale and Apison. Collegedale’s McKee Food Corporation and Southern Adventist University are also among the largest employers in the area.

Transportation: With Interstate 75 close by, Collegedale and Apison residents have easy access to Hamilton Place Mall, the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, and downtown Chattanooga. Popular destinations like Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville, and Birmingham are just two hours away. The Collegedale Municipal Airport accommodates business and charter operations.

Education: Collegedale students attend Wolftever Creek Elementary School and Ooltewah middle and high schools, while Apison students attend Apison Elementary School, Ooltewah middle and high schools, and East Hamilton middle and high schools. Private schools nearby include Lester Coon Adventist School, Standifer Gap SDA School, A.W. Spalding Elementary, Collegedale Adventist Middle School, Collegedale Academy, Grace Baptist Academy, Silverdale Baptist Academy, and St. Nicholas School. Southern Adventist University sits on a 1,300-acre campus and awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Health and Wellness: Collegedale and Apison offer convenient options for family medical and dental care, along with several pharmacies and urgent care facilities. Nearby medical centers include Ooltewah Medical Services, CHI Memorial Imaging Center in Ooltewah, Erlanger East Hospital in East Brainerd, Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge, two Parkridge Valley behavioral health campuses in East Brainerd, and Tennova Healthcare – Cleveland. Several award-winning senior care centers are nearby, including The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Collegedale, Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove, and Life Care Center of Collegedale.