Welcome to Missionary Ridge


Welcome to Missionary Ridge - Chattanooga Tennessee!

The Missionary Ridge community (in Chattanooga referred to as "The Ridge") is located overlooking downtown Chattanooga running north and south for more than seven miles.  It is part of the Cumberland Range of the Southern Appalachians and is an excellent vantage point for views of Lookout, Signal and Raccoon Mountains.  It is a major geographic feature in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was the site of the Battle of Missionary Ridge, a significant battle in the American Civil War. The Ridge today is an affluent residential area with many plaques and monuments to the battle, some of which are in the yards of residents, but most of the larger ones are surrounded by small reservations which are part of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Crest Road follows the summit of the ridge for nearly its entire length bisected only by quiet side-streets and cul-de-sacs along the way.  Beautiful, historic homes line the streets and sidewalks.  The homes on Missionary Ridge range from quite large and opulent mansions to medium priced bungalows.  We even have a Frank Lloyd Wright home; the only one in Tennessee.

Missionary Ridge was so named for the early missionaries who made their way along paths climbing the ridge on their way to Brainerd Village to the settlement of the Cherokee. It was also referred to as "Mission Ridge" in the early years.  The Battle of Missionary Ridge, a battle in the American Civil War, fought on November 25, 1863. Union forces under Maj. Gens. Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and George H. Thomas routed Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg and lifted the siege of the city.  The "Ridge Cut," is a 1/4 mile blast through the ridge allows I-24 to pass.  You will see two small blue bridges high above the Interstate when you pass through the Ridge Cut on I-24. 

Missionary Ridge has four tunnels running under it and linking Downtown Chattanooga with Mid-Town and other areas, they are:
1) Bachmann Tubes, which carries Ringgold Road through Missionary Ridge from Chattanooga into the neighboring town of East Ridge.
2) Missionary Ridge Tunnels (also unofficially known as McCallie Tunnels), where McCallie and Bailey Avenues continues as Brainerd Road.
3) Wilcox Tunnel, which carries Wilcox Boulevard through Missionary Ridge and connects to Shallowford Road.
4) Missionary Ridge Railroad Tunnel carries only the occasional historic tours by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum trains.

The Missionary Ridge community is one of the most unique residential areas in the State of Tennessee due to its location on the crest of a prominent ridge, significance to local architecture, commerce, community planning and its earlier association with the Civil War.  The Ridge is a one of a kind living history museum, if you are visiting our area or are a passing tourist, we invite you to visit our community and spend the day in our many parks, tour the reservations to learn more about our unique history and the role our area played in the Civil War.  Residences on Missionary Ridge are very desirable due to good neighborhoods, neighbors and property values, and the convenience to all parts of Chattanooga.

Sunset over Lookout Mountain as seen from Westside Dr. on Missionary Ridge.


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