Walden

Walden

March 28th, 2014 in Fyi2014

Location: The town is located on Walden's Ridge just north of Signal Mountain.

Size: 3.6 square miles

Population: 2,120

Founded: July 29, 1975

Government: The town is governed by a mayor, David Epperson, and two town aldermen, William Trohanis and Peter Hetzler.

Schools: Nolan and Thrasher elementaries, Signal Mountain Middle/High School

Attraction: Residents boast of the rural atmosphere as an ideal place to raise a family. Many properties offer breathtaking views surrounded by wildlife.

Fun fact: A 132-acre natural area named for a 110-foot waterfall, Falling Water Falls, plunges into the Falling Water Gorge is located in the town. (The cliff-top section is in the town while the other area below the falls is located in Soddy-Daisy.) According to the state's Department of Environment and Conservation website, the park has diverse plant life including federally endangered large flowered skullcap.

Famous resident: Adolph Ochs (1858-1935), former owner of The New York Times and The Chattanooga Times, owned a summer home in Walden.

"[It has] small-town charm. We raised three kids here," said April Humble, a Walden resident. "I just like the nature. I like seeing deer. Every now and then we see a hawk -- things you normally wouldn't see in the city."