Apison, Tennessee

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Apison, Tennessee
Census-designated place
Apison is located in Tennessee
Apison is located in the US
Coordinates: 35°01′26″N 85°01′26″W / 35.02389°N 85.02389°W / 35.02389; -85.02389Coordinates: 35°01′26″N 85°01′26″W / 35.02389°N 85.02389°W / 35.02389; -85.02389
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hamilton
 • Total 14.817 sq mi (38.38 km2)
 • Land 14.812 sq mi (38.36 km2)
 • Water 0.005 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation 860 ft (260 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,469
 • Density 170/sq mi (64/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 37302
Area code(s) 423
GNIS feature ID 1275817
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Apison, Tennessee

Apison is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. It is a rural area east of the city of Chattanooga, and borders Ooltewah, Collegedale, and north Georgia to the south. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,469.[2]

Apison is fifteen miles from Enterprise South Industrial Park,[3] the location of Volkswagen North America.


In 1881 the railroad came through a small settlement, now known as Apison, that had previously had its mail delivered by horse and buggy. The town then was known as O'Brian that was assigned by the railroad officials. The name was later changed because of another Tennessee town already having the same name. Due to the large deposits of Apison shale rock found along the railroad tracks, the town was renamed to its current name.[4]

In 2001, the old Apison Elementary School was turned into a Tres Dias retreat center.[5]

Popular culture[edit]

Apison was depicted in the X-Files episode "The Field Where I Died."[6]


Apison Elementary School[7] is located at 10433 East Brainerd Road. Middle school and high school students may attend either East Hamilton or Ooltewah Middle School/High School.