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Mountain Cove Retreat

Walker County, GA

Mountain Cove Retreat

Walker County, GA

  • 59± Acres
  • $2,750,000 (list price)
  • Just Sold

Mountain Cove Retreat is 59± acres in McLemore Cove, one of Georgia’s most scenic rural settings. Tucked in between Lookout and Pigeon Mountains, the pastoral valley of McLemore Cove is a living example of how rural Georgia used to be. Mountain Cove Retreat features a charming home and breathtaking views. Built in 2002, the house is 3,206± square feet and was extensively renovated in 2019. The home is situated on a unique point on a ridge within McLemore Cove offering gorgeous panoramic views. There are two small spring-fed ponds at the entrance and a 5± acre pasture ideal for horses or other livestock. With several state parks nearby, there is tremendous opportunity for outdoor recreation, and the reputable McLemore Club is only 25 minutes away, offering first-class golf, dining, and spa services. The property is only 45 minutes south of downtown Chattanooga, a vibrant mid-size city, and 25 minutes to Mentone, a charming small mountain community.

Broker’s Comment

“You just simply don’t need to own a lot of land with a location like McLemore Cove and all the nearby outdoor recreation this area offers. I find this corner of Georgia to be one of the prettiest and quietest rural settings in the state. The views on this property are inspiring and just breathe another level of excitement and relaxation into the experience. You will love the privacy, coziness, and quality of the home.”

Overview & Facts

  • McLemore Cove - very desirable and scenic location where Lookout and Pigeon Mountains meet
  • Just 45 minutes to downtown Chattanooga and 1.75 hours to Atlanta
  • 25 minutes to the reputable McLemore Club and just 25 minutes to quaint mountain community of Mentone, AL
  • Surrounded by lots of outdoor recreation opportunities
  • Charming 3,206± SF custom-built home with amazing panoramic views. Significant renovation in 2019.
  • Guest apartment/mother-in-law suite above detached three-car garage
  • Furnishings included
  • Two small spring-fed ponds
  • 5± acre pasture – perfect for horses or other livestock
  • 70% of property is in a conservation easement
  • Neighboring land protected with a conservation easement

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Property Details


Main House (3,206± square feet): The property’s centerpiece is a beautiful custom-built home that offers expansive views of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains and valleys. Built in 2002 with a major renovation in 2019, the house features a board and batten exterior, a Southern-style front porch, and is two stories.

The home is three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms with an open floor plan on the main level. Entering the home through the foyer is the living area featuring vaulted ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors, and an inviting stone fireplace. Large windows offer breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

Also on the main floor is a dining area, cozy breakfast nook, large kitchen with wooden trusses, powder room, laundry and locker area. The kitchen is spacious and with an oversized island, modern stainless-steel appliances, a gas stove with a custom hood, a massive French door refrigerator, a farmhouse-style sink, and a slab backsplash that matches the countertops.

The master bedroom is on the main floor and is a comfortable suite with wooden trusses, large windows that invite natural sunlight and stunning views. The master suite includes two walk-in closets, extra space for an office or lounge, and a master bathroom featuring his and her vanities, a tile floor, a walk-in shower, and a freestanding tub.

The large screened-in porch is perfectly placed to make the most of both outdoor and indoor space that includes an outdoor living area, another beautiful stone fireplace, an outdoor dining space, and an outdoor kitchen/grilling island.

Upstairs are two nicely appointed bedrooms, each with recently updated full bathrooms.

Carriage House (784± square feet): A breezeway connects the main house to the carriage house. Above the three-car garage is a guest apartment/mother-in-law suite with a kitchen, dining area, den, bedroom, bathroom, breakfast nook, and small deck.


Mountain Cove Retreat sits in the heart of McLemore Cove in the northwest corner of Georgia. McLemore Cove is a beautiful V-shaped valley sandwiched between Lookout and Pigeon Mountains that stretches 15 miles and is comprised of rolling pastures, lush hayfields, tall silos, shady country lanes, and wildflowers. The state and the National Register of Historic Places have recognized the cove’s uniqueness, declaring it the McLemore Cove Historic District, encompassing 50,000 acres in Walker County. It is the largest of Georgia’s eight rural historical districts.

A small rural town, the property’s address is in Chickamauga, Georgia. Chickamauga is a town steeped in history and determined to maintain its local and friendly atmosphere. The town is affectionately referred to as “Mayberry,” and its mission statement is “Focusing on Quality Growth, Preservation, and Community Values.” Chickamauga reflects the old days and a simpler way of life.

Mountain Cove Retreat is only 45 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Chattanooga is one of America’s most dynamic medium-sized cities, providing an array of exciting venues for nearby residents, making owning Mountain Cove Retreat even more appealing. The New York Times is quoted as saying, “Not too small and not too big, Chattanooga is truly the undiscovered gem of Tennessee.”

Driving times:

  • 25 minutes = McLemore Club
  • 25 minutes = Mentone, AL  
  • 45 minutes = Chattanooga, TN
  • 1.75 hours = Atlanta 


One of Mountain Cove Retreat’s best features is the surrounding area and the outdoor recreation it offers to an active family. A few noteworthy venues nearby include:

  • McLemore Club: Internationally recognized golf course architects, Rees Jones and Bill Bergin, redesigned the private 18-hole course at McLemore, making it an acclaimed golf course with grand mountain views “above the clouds”. McLemore Club is in construction on their second 18-hole course and in 2024 are opening a Hilton brand hotel. McLemore also offers some nice dining options.
  • McLemore Cove Farms & Crockford Pigeon Mountain WMA: Just a few minutes form the property, this 20,000-acre state and county-owned land offers convenient access to lots of outdoor recreation. Miles of trails offer endless opportunities to horseback ride, mountain biking, and hiking. Pigeon Mountain has many limestone formations, which have become a destination among elite rock climbers, and the Pocket at Pigeon Mountain is among the finest areas for wildflowers in Georgia.
  • Cloudland Canyon State Park: Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state of Georgia, offering rugged geology and beautiful vistas. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton’s Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. A day spent hiking, picnicking, and sightseeing makes for a wonderful time. Mountain Cove Retreat is only 20 minutes from this 3,500-acre state park.
  • Lula Lake Land Trust: A shining example of the benefits of conservation, protecting over 4,000 acres on top of Lookout Mountain, the Lula Lake Land Trust has guaranteed these abundant resources will benefit both current and future generations. Many opportunities to horseback ride, mountain bike, hike, picnic, and just simply enjoy the outdoors are available on the Land Trust. Check out its Cloudland Canyon State Park connector trail! Mountain Cove Retreat is only 25 minutes from the Lula Lake Land Trust.


Located in the humid subtropical zone of the United States, this area has a mild and pleasant climate with four distinct seasons. Spring begins in March with mild days and cool nights, while late May sees an increase in temperature, marking the start of warm summer days. On average, July is the warmest month of the year. During the summer months, there is usually more rainfall than at other times of the year, and the area has an average annual rainfall of 53 inches. Fall is characterized by mild to warm days and cooler nights, while winter is typically mild, with the coldest days featuring lows near or slightly above freezing and highs in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Snowfall is sporadic, with an average annual accumulation of around three inches.

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