Quirky, Yet Classic

Historic charm meets artsy ambiance in St. Elmo, where unexpected experiences await around every corner.


The St. Elmo Historic District is known for its quirky, artsy atmosphere that attracts local artists, residents and tourists to take in all that it has to offer – from arts and culture to delicious food. With breathtaking views, miles of trails, and great dining options, St. Elmo is quickly growing into one of Chattanooga’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Located right next to Lookout Mountain and Rock City, there are plenty of outdoor activities right in this community’s backyard. From one-of-a-kind restaurants to eclectic art galleries, St. Elmo is the perfect community for any resident, from young college grads to families with small children.


Learn in St. Elmo

Just north of downtown, St. Elmo has several excellent public and private school options for children from grades K-12.. Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy is a magnet school that currently enrolls 474 students in grades Pre-K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 14:1. Chattanooga Christian School (CCS) is a Christian day school nestled on 55 acres at the foot of Lookout Mountain. CCS currently enrolls 1,320 students in the Lower School (PreK-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12).

The Hamilton County School District also serves this area. Students who live in St. Elmo attend Lookout Valley Elementary and Lookout Valley Middle/High School – all located within a short 10-minute drive west from downtown St. Elmo.

Elementary school children color pictures at their desks in a classroom

Things to Do

Experience St. Elmo

1885 Grill is a local favorite for foodies, serving up authentic coastal cuisine. The grill specializes in fresh seafood, quality steaks, and southern sides. The Purple Daisy Picnic Café offers world famous BBQ and Southern eats, while St. Elmo Deli & Grill serves up delicious salads, sandwiches, burgers and sides, whether you’re dining in or on-the-go. For international flavors, grab a bite at Sawasdee Thai Restaurant or Mojo Burrito. For fans of beer and brews, Chattanooga’s neighborhood tap room, The Tap House, features 30 beers on draft, domestic ciders, kombucha, wine, sake cocktails, coffee, pub snacks, burgers and more. Mad Knight Brewing Company, opened in 2017, boasts unique beers and a tasting room with a medieval vibe and frequent live music nights.

Lookout Mountain has many trailheads within walking distance of St. Elmo, in addition to the incredible Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, a steep funicular railway system that has offered spectacular views of Chattanooga for the past 125+ years. Hikers can access Sunset Rock for even more amazing views. Rock City is just a short drive away, featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking panoramic views. St. Elmo Park is a fantastic place for families, with a playground and wide-open spaces for kids to roam. A huge slide, zip line, large tires, picnic area and other fun experiences await kids of all ages.

Soccer fans cheer on their favorite team in a stadium


Getting Around St. Elmo

While St. Elmo has plenty of convenient and well-maintained sidewalks for traversing the neighborhood, the best way to access the rest of Chattanooga from St. Elmo is by car. Head north past the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway and up through the Southside District to arrive in Downtown Chattanooga in just 10 short minutes. The CARTA bus network also services St. Elmo, with multiple stops throughout the neighborhood to make it easy for those commuting downtown.

If you’re looking to get some exercise in on the weekends or on your daily commute, consider swapping out your car for a bike. Bike Chattanooga is a great way to get around town, offering access over 400 bikes and 42 stations citywide. One of these stations is located right at the northern tip of the St. Elmo community, next to the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway at 3917 St. Elmo Avenue. From here, you can reach downtown Chattanooga in about 20 minutes by bike.

A large blue house in St. Elmo, Chattanooga flies an American flag on their front porch

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