Booker T. Washington State Park



The Olympic-sized pool at Booker T. Washington opens for the 2018 season on May 26. There is a diving board and a children's wading pool. Lifeguards are certified and are on duty during swimming hours. Groups are welcome. 

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A public boat ramp and boat dock are conveniently located and boaters enjoy countless hours of skiing, pleasure riding, paddling or fishing. 

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Walking Trail — 5.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult


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


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.


Bald eagles, osprey, and many species of waterfowl are frequently seen at Booker T. Washington State Park. 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. 129 species observed. For more park and nearby birding locations, VIEW FLYER.