Harrison Bay State Park
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Introduction

If you’re looking for a lush, green place to get away, Harrison Bay State Park is the place for you. There is a lot that makes this park unique, including the fact that it became the first Tennessee State Park in 1937, and has been attracting vacationers ever since. This park was named after the a big bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River, and it holds a lot of historical significance. The last Cherokee Campground took up part of this area, and it consisted of three villages, all ruled by one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains.

Nowadays, you can come here to enjoy a wide range of fun outdoor activities out here on 1,200 acres of beautiful parkland. Many people come here simply to visit the Bear Trace Golf Course, which is known as “the best natural piece of land for a golf course”. If you or someone you know loves to go golfing, this is the place to be. You can also bring you bike and ride the four and a half mile loop bike trail here. There are also lots of opportunities for boaters and fishers at Chickamauga Lake, and the marina is an excellent one to use. The summers provide a fun and exciting atmosphere that is guaranteed to make you smile, while the winters give off a sense of gentle peace and calm that everyone simply needs every now and then. The possibilities are endless when you bring your RV for a camping trip to Harrison Bay State Park.

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Transportation in Harrison Bay State Park

Driving

The roads that you will be riding on at Harrison Bay State Park are easy to navigate, no matter how large your RV is. After all, their campsites can accommodate RV lengths up to 92 feet, so they make sure that those vehicles can get around with ease as well. As long as you take it slow and careful, you shouldn't run into any problems.

Parking

There are lots of parking options in this park, but when the park gets busier, you’re bound to have a harder time finding enough parking space for your RV, just like anywhere else. The busiest times are on holidays and on the weekends, so you might want to set up your RV at a campsite before venturing out.

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Harrison Bay State Park

Campsites in Harrison Bay State Park

Reservations camping

Chattanooga North / Cleveland KOA

Conveniently located between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga North/Cleveland KOA is only 25 minutes from some of the most beautiful attractions in the world. You can take your pick of Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, the Incline Railway, Rock City, and the Tennessee Aquarium. The Ocoee River offers some of the most impressive whitewater rafting in the nation. Chattanooga North/Cleveland KOA is open year-round, and when you stay here, you can enjoy a swimming pool, dog park, pavilion, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. pull-through sites can accommodate rigs up to 103 feet.

The Campground at Harrison Bay State Park

If you’re looking for a great spot to park your RV for a night or two, there are 128 sites that are perfect for just about any size RV. In fact, some sites can even accommodate RVs up to 92 feet in length. These sites have water and electric hookups for you to use, as well as a central dump station nearby. There are four camping sections, and at each one, you’ll find bathhouses for you to wash up at, and a playground for your kids to play on. You’ll also have Wi-Fi available to you during your stay, so you won’t have to completely disconnect from the outside world. There’s no better place to come for a fun family vacation.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Tent Camping

If you want to try out tent camping instead of RV camping, you can easily do so. And the best part is, you don’t necessarily have to leave the RV behind. There are 27 tent only campsites that you can choose if you don’t bring the RV, but you can also simply set up a tent beside your RV at one of the RV camping sites. When you do it this way, you can get a feel for what it’s like to camp outside in a tent, while also having the comfort of knowing you have anything else you could need right beside you in your RV. Keep in mind though that if you do decide to put up a tent next to your RV, you can only put up one tent and no more.

Seasonal activities in Harrison Bay State Park

In-Season

Fun Events

There are always new and exciting events happening here at Harrison Bay State Park. Join in on some arts in crafts, take a group hike, or work on your fitness - there is always something for everyone to enjoy, no matter your age or your interests. So be sure to check out the current park events when planning your visit here.

Swimming

How many parks do you know that have their own Olympic sized swimming pool? Whatever the answer, Harrison Bay State Park is one of them. Their pool is big and L shaped, and also features a low dive as well as a wading pool so that everyone of all sizes can enjoy the cool and refreshing water.

Canoeing, Kayaking, and Paddling

Motor boats aren’t the only thing that you can take out on the water. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards in the summer time. Renting one of these is a great way to learn the ropes and try to get the hang of things if it’s your first time paddling.

Boating

If you’d like to take the boat out on the lake at the park, there is a boat launch ramp located at the marina that is free to anyone who wishes to use it. Many people come here just for the boating opportunities, and it’s a great way to spend the summer out on the water.

Golfing

Many people come to this park just to go to the Bear Trace Golf Course. This golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, and features Bermuda fairways lined with hardwood and pine trees, and open greens that make it easy for anyone to play. Playing a round of 18 holes can be a great way to bond with family and get out into the great outdoors.

Off-Season

Fishing

If you love to go fishing, then now is your chance while you’re visiting the park. You can fish from pier, off of your own boat, and even just off the bank if you wish. There are lots of good fishing spots, and even more fish to catch, like crappie, bass, bluegill, catfish, shell cracker, and gar.

Picnicking

If you’re looking for a nice place to have a family get together, then look no further. The picnic pavilions that you can rent here can hold anywhere between 30 and 75 people, and some are located near a playground, horseshoe pit, swimming pool, and recreation hall, all for your fun and entertainment.

Birding

Birding can be a relaxing activity to do in the park. There are many shore birds, winter waterfowl, Osprey, and Eagles that call this area their home. But if you want to see something really interesting, you can check out a bald eagle nest on the golf course that is used for the Eagle Cam for all of Tennessee’s state parks.

Biking

Bay Point Loop trail is also perfect for biking, and is actually a fairly popular area for bikers. When you come during the off season though, you won’t have to worry as much about having to share the trail, so you can ride with no traffic stress. Expect to see wonderful lake views while on this trail.

Hiking

There are three loops available for hiking. The Fitness Loop is only half a mile, perfect for those that want to do something short and easy. This trail is gravel, but if you want more natural ground to walk on, you can take Lakeshore Loop. This trail is one mile long and is considered to be a moderate hike. Bay Point Loop is also a moderate hike, but is much longer at four and a half miles.

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