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Walden: City Profile
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Sunday, March 25, 2012    |   
Miya Dizer helps her grandmother Laura Keys select apples to take home at Fairmont Orchard in Walden atop Signal Mountain.
Miya Dizer helps her grandmother Laura Keys select apples to take home at Fairmont Orchard in Walden atop Signal Mountain.
Photo by Alex Washburn.

"It's nice and quiet. People are friendly — we all look out for each other."

— Denise Archer, stylist at The Peak Salon in Walden

Location: On Walden's Ridge, north of the town of Signal Mountain

Size: 3.6 square miles

Population: 2,120

Founded: July 29, 1975

Government: Mayor Peter Hetzler and two town aldermen

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

Attraction: Large wooded property lots and stunning vistas draw residents who want to put down roots in a rural atmosphere.

Fun fact: Walden is home to Falling Water Falls, a small wilderness park and hiking area 10 miles north of downtown Chattanooga. The 132-acre park boasts a 110-foot high waterfall that plunges into the Falling Water Gorge.

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