Historic District, Distinctive Character
Outdoors and Parks: St. Elmo borders Lookout Mountain Battlefield, a 3,000-acre park with a network of trails that connect to an additional 12 miles of trails within the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center. Several trailheads can be found in St. Elmo, including Glen Falls and Guild Trail. The Tennessee Riverwalk extends to the edge of St. Elmo and provides residents and visitors with a 13-mile walking and biking path.
Attractions/Entertainment: The iconic Incline Railway, based in St. Elmo, takes visitors to the top of Lookout Mountain, where they can explore Point Park, part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Ruby Falls and Rock City are also nearby and host seasonal festivals and activities throughout the year. The historic Cravens House is located halfway up Lookout Mountain.
Sports: An indoor bouldering facility, Tennessee Bouldering Authority, maintains nearly 3,000 square feet of rock climbing walls on St. Elmo Avenue. The South Chattanooga Recreation Center has an indoor pool, full court gym, fitness classes, and summer programs, among other amenities.
Shopping: St. Elmo offers a Food City grocery store, while Publix and Whole Foods in NorthShore and Walmart Supercenter in Lookout Valley are only a short drive away. The St. Elmo Farmers Market, an extension of Lookout Farmers Market, is held on Fridays at the Incline Railway, with vendors selling fresh flowers, local produce, jewelry, and more. Each December, the St. Elmo Christmas Market is held in conjunction with the farmers market and features holiday entertainment, food, and contests.
Restaurants: From Southern coastal dining and Thai cuisine to pizza and burritos, St. Elmo is home to a variety of restaurants suited to every price range.