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Booker T. Washington State Park

Activities

Swimming

The pool at Booker T. Washington State Park is closed for maintenance during the 2020 summer season. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the next opportunity we have to reopen the pool for your enjoyment.

Our park remains open and is still an excellent place for you to enjoy water-based recreation this summer. Find other activities at the park here.

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Boating - Bring Your Own

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.

Hiking

Booker T. Washington State Park has several interconnected trails that are open to hiking and mountain biking. 

Inner Loop 1 Tr -  2.25 miles
Inner Loop 2 Tr - 1.20 miles
Nature Trail - 1.10 miles
Outer Loop Tr - 3.90 miles

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, downhills. The trail also has some banked (off-camber) turns. This trail is challenging but still rated for all abilities.

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.

Birding

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. One hundred twenty-nine species have been observed. For more park and nearby birding locations, view flyer.

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