2018 // Signal Mountain

Did You Know?

Charles E. James, developer of the 250-room Signal Mountain Inn (present-day Alexian Village), was the mastermind behind Rainbow Lake. By constructing a dam, James formed Rainbow Lake in 1916 to be enjoyed by his guests and nearby residents.   

Located on the southern end of the Cumberland Plateau, Signal Mountain is the perfect fit for those seeking outdoor adventure and family-friendly activities.


Arts: Dedicated to the education and advancement of the arts, the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC) regularly hosts exhibitions, musical performances, and community events. Residents of Signal Mountain are automatically members of the MACC and enjoy reduced tuition fees on classes such as dance, pottery, and martial arts.  The Signal Mountain Playhouse has been a fixture in the community since the 1970s, organizing two theatrical productions each year. Also part of the local arts scene is the Bachman Community Center, offering a range of programs, art activities, and other events.

Outdoors: Residents of Signal Mountain enjoy stunning views, beautiful camping areas, and hiking and biking trails. Situated on the Tennessee River Gorge, Prentice Cooper State Forest offers nearly 25,000 acres with 35 miles of hiking trails, two camping areas, and a shooting range.  Among the most popular trails is the Cumberland Trail, which starts at Signal Mountain’s Signal Point and features views of the river gorge, striking rock formations, and Rainbow Falls.

Playgrounds/Parks: An outdoor oasis for children of all ages, the Pumpkin Patch Playground is one of the most expansive play areas in the region. Within the perfectly shaded playground are slides, bridges, swings, and forts. Althaus Park, behind the Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club, is another popular spot for outdoor play.

Dining and Sport: Signal Mountain residents enjoy a variety of dining and sport options. Completed in 1918, Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club offers 18 holes of championship golf, a swimming pool, and clubhouse dining. Also atop the mountain are several youth and adult recreation leagues and facilities for tennis, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and more.