Wide trail with several small climbs and great views of the lake.
Trail Length: 4.5 miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate
Bay Point Loop — 4.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lakeshore Loop — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Fitness Loop — 0.5 Miles — Gravel — Easy
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.
Referred to as “the best natural piece of land for a golf course,” the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay features Bermuda fairways lined with soaring pine and hardwood trees. Although water touches 12 fairways, there is more than sufficient room to hit safely. Most greens are open in front, which makes the course more user-friendly for high-handicap players and allows run-up shots. Fairway and green side bunkers are designed in the traditional Nicklaus fashion and add notable character to the overall integrity of the course. Like other courses in the collection, the emphasis on playability is clearly evident. The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay stretches from 7,140 yards (gold tees) to just under 5,300 yards (red tees).
Harrison Bay is located on the largest open water area of Chickamauga Lake. Shorebirds, wintering waterfowl, Osprey, and Bald Eagles are frequently seen. A Bald Eagle nest is located on the golf course and is the site for the “Eagle Cam” for Tennessee State Parks.
Chickamauga Lake (35,000 acre impoundment), provides opportunities 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.