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.
All types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at the park. A boat ramp is available to the general public and there is no fee. The marina can accommodate 20 ft. - 60 ft. boats. The park also has a marina that features 161 covered slips, 28 uncovered slips and four sailboat slips. There is no transit or overnight slip rental available. Fuel is available at the dock.
Camping is also 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 has three large pavilions that can accommodate large groups. Pavilions may be reserved up to one year in advance.