Booker T. Washington State Park

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BURN BAN EFFECTIVE NOV 14 – DEC 15
Governor Haslam has issued a burn ban that prohibits campfires and burning of brush, vegetation, trash and building materials. In addition to the Governor’s ban on campfires, Tennessee State Parks are prohibiting the use of outdoor charcoal grills at the affected parks. Some parks have issued additional burn bans or trail closures above and beyond what Governor Haslam or Tennessee State Parks have implemented.

For full details of the Governor's order and a list of affected counties and parks, click here.

Activities

Swimming

The Olympic-sized pool at Booker T. Washington opens for the 2016 season on May 28. Hours of operation are 11:00 to 6:30, Wednesday to Sunday. The pool is closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $4.00 per person. Overnight guests swimming as a group pay half price. There is a diving board and a children's wading pool. Lifeguards are certified and are on duty during swimming hours. Groups are welcome. Seasonal swim passes can be purchased for $80.00 for 40 admissions.

Boating

Chickamauga Lake, a 35,000-acre impoundment, provides a beautiful setting for the water enthusiast. The park features a day use boat launch ramp and large fishing pier, both  conveniently located. Bait, tackle, snacks and fishing licenses are available off-site.

Biking

Booker T. Washington offers a single track bike trail on a 6-mile loop. The trail features some long uphill climbs with rewarding, but very fast, down hills. The trail also has some banked (off-camber) turns. This trail is challenging but still rated for all abilities.

Trail Length: 6 miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate

Birding

Many species of waterfowl, Bald Eagles, and Osprey are frequently seen. The fishing pier is popular with Great Blue Herons and one is often seen on the peak of the roof. The hilly area where the mountain bike trails are located is excellent for spring and fall migratory birds.

Fishing

Chickamauga Lake (35,000 acre impoundment), provides a beautiful setting for fishing. In recent years Largemouth Bass fishing has been outstanding with 10-pound fish becoming more common. Crappie fishing is best in spring. Catfish and bass are targeted almost year round. Fishing is good by boat as well as from the bank and fishing pier. Fishing boats can be launched from the park boat launch ramp.

Hiking

Walking Trail — 5.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult