Tennessee State Parks

Harrison Bay State Park



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 Olympic-sized pool is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM. Tickets are not sold after 5:45 PM. Admission is $4 per person and $2 for campers. Ages two and under are free with an adult admission. Pool passes are available for $80 for 40 visits. 

The pool has a diving board and a wading pool for children that is two feet deep. 


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.

Trail Length: 4.5 miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate


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.


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. The park provides almost any type of fishing desired, whether by boat, bank, or the park’s ADA accessible pier. Bass, bluegill, shell cracker, crappie, catfish, gar and others are commonly caught. Valid TWRA Fishing License is required for ages 13 and older.


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).

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Bay Point Loop — 4.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lakeshore Loop — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Fitness Loop — 0.5 Miles — Gravel — Easy