Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200 acre park with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, and was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recreation area in the 1930s. Its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River that covers the old town of Harrison, and the last Cherokee Campground. The parklands are historically significant because the Cherokee Campground consisted of three villages which were ruled by one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains. Harrison Bay became the first Tennessee State Park in 1937.
This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from Chattanooga and the surrounding tri-state area. It has one of the most complete marina facilities available on any of the TVA lakes and all types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at the park.
Camping is a popular activity at Harrison Bay State Park. There are 128 RV campsites with water and electrical hookups and a limited number can accommodate RV’s up to 65 ft. There are also 21 primitive tent only campsites.
The Bear Trace Golf Course at Harrison Bay, a Jack Nicklaus designed course, is characterized by the presence of both water and heavily-wooded land with soaring pine and hardwood trees. This popular course is often noted as “the best natural piece of land for a golf course” and a reflection of the traditional Jack Nicklaus emphasis on overall integrity and playability for golfers of all ability. The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is also one of the most highly recognized environmentally sensitive courses in the nation. It is certified by Audubon International for its conservation and habitat practices and also registered as the first Groundwater Guardian Green Site in Tennessee.
Harrison Bay State Park offers a 4.5 mile loop bike trail. The trail features nice uphill climbs with some fast downhill opportunities as well. The trail is fun and rated for all abilities.
The park is a destination for water lovers and all types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at the park. Canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards can be rented seasonally. There is one free, public boat launch ramp located at the marina and another that is located at the Wolftever location off Highway 58.
The Harrison Bay swimming pool is Olympic-sized, L-shaped pool features one low dive and a wading pool for children.
The second Bear Trace course to open, Harrison Bay is destined to become a true classic in this collection designed by Jack Nicklaus. Located approximately 20 minutes north of downtown Chattanooga, the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is surrounded by both water and heavily-wooded land, making an ideal setting for the course.
Trails range from easy to moderate. Explore the shoreline on the 4.5 mile multiuse loop trail. The 1.5 mile wooded nature loop offers some steep inclines and the 0.5 mile walking trail tracks through native grassland.
The 4.5-mile Bay Point Loop is an easy to moderate biking and hiking trail that meanders along the shoreline. Popular with local bike clubs and individuals, the wide ttrail features several small climbs and great views of the lake.
Harrison Bay offers access to TVA's Chickamagua Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River. With over 35,000 acres of lake accessible, there are many nearby islands and good fishing spots to explore.
Harrison Bay is located on the largest open water area of Chickamauga Lake. Shorebirds, wintering waterfowl, osprey, and bald eagles are frequently seen.
There are 128 RV campsites with water and electrical hookups and a limited number that can accommodate RVs up to 65 ft. There is one centralized dumping station. Bathhouses are located in each of the four camping areas as well as a playground. Firewood is available for purchase at the park.
A tent can be put up beside the RV but is limited to one per site.
TENT ONLY CAMPSITES
There are 27 tent only campsites in Area D. These sites do not have water or electrical hookups, but a water spigot is centrally locatetd. Campsites have a grill and fire ring. Pads are gravel and in the shade.