Containing nearly 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, the 1,200-acre Harrison Bay State Park was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority recreation demonstration area in the 1930s, and is recognized as Tennessee’s first state park. 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 ruled by one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains, Chief Joe Vann. 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.
Harrison Bay features a group camp, rustic cabins, hiking trails, Olympic-size swimming pool, 4.5 mile loop bike trail, busy marina, 128 RV campsites with water and electrical hookups, 21 tent only campsites, and the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Bear Trace at Harrison Bay golf course. The Bear Trace was the first golf course in a state park to achieve Aububon International certification and Groundwater Guardian Green Site designation for its conservation practices.
Harrison Bay is open year round. Olympic-size pool is open from Memorial Day through end of summer, but closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
FeesNo admission fee for park. Call for campground and RV rates. Small fee for pool entrance.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The campground, group camp, and swimming pool at the park are accessible to persons with a disability.