Learn more about Harrison Bay State Park.
Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200 acre park with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, and was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recreation area in the 1930s. Its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River that covers the old town of Harrison, and the last Cherokee Campground. The parklands are historically significant because the Cherokee Campground consisted of three villages which were ruled by one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains. Harrison Bay became the first Tennessee State Park in 1937.
This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, golfers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from Chattanooga and the surrounding tri-state area. It has one of the most complete marina facilities available on any of the TVA lakes and all types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at the park.
Camping is a popular activity at Harrison Bay State Park. There are 128 RV campsites with water and electrical hookups and a limited number can accommodate RV's up to 65 ft. There are also 21 primitive tent only campsites.
The Bear Trace Golf Course at Harrison Bay, a Jack Nicklaus designed course, is characterized by the presence of both water and heavily-wooded land with soaring pine and hardwood trees. This popular course is often noted as “the best natural piece of land for a golf course” and a reflection of the traditional Jack Nicklaus emphasis on overall integrity and playability for golfers of all ability. The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is also one of the most highly recognized environmentally sensitive courses in the nation. It is certified by Audubon International for its conservation and habitat practices and also registered as the first Groundwater Guardian Green Site in Tennessee.
Harrison Bay State Park offers a 4.5 mile loop bike trail. The trail features nice uphill climbs with some fast downhill opportunities as well. The trail is fun and rated for all abilities.
Park Trail Maps
Looking for a trail map? Click the link below to see a list of the maps available at this park. The page includes all the trail maps we have available, organized by park. We have free and paid options that provide you the details you need to have your next great adventure in Tennessee.
COVID-19 Updates for Overnight Guests
Tennessee State Parks are open for day-use visitors and overnight guests. We do provide travel tips and FAQs for those wishing to visit our parks.
Please see our Keeping Visitors Healthy page to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Harrison Bay Fuel Dock Closure
The fuel dock is temporally closed until the completion of the capital project for a new dock.
For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact Harrison Bay State Park directly.
8411 Harrison Bay Road
Harrison, TN 37341
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Winter
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