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Tennessee
Cumberland Plateau Region
Harrison Bay State Park
HARRISON BAY STATE PARK
HARRISON BAY STATE PARK
8411 Harrison Bay Road
Harrison, Tennessee   37341

Phone: 423-344-6214
The 1,200-acre Harrison Bay State Park, with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority recreation demonstration area in the 1930's. 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 of historic significance because the Cherokee Campground consisted of three villages which was ruled by one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains, Chief Joe Vann. This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from Chattanooga and the surrounding tri-state area.
Camping
There are 128 RV campsites with water and electrical hookups and a limited number that can accomodate RV's up to 65 ft. There is one centralized dumping station. Bathhouses are located in each of the 4 camping areas as well as a playground.

There are 21 tent only campsites that do not have electrical/water hookups. Tents can be put up beside the RV but is limited to one family unit per site.

No reservations are taken...space is available on first-come, first-served basis.

For more information call: 423-344-7966.

Group Camping:

The park's group camp consists of 24 rustic cabins that can accommodate up to 144 persons. The group camp kitchen is fully equipped with utencils, commercial stove and oven (gas), household size refrigerator/freezer and a walk-in cooler. A common bathhouse houses both men's and women's restrooms and showers. Each section has six showers.

For more information call: 423-344-2272
Swimming
The park has an olympic size swimming pool and a wading pool for small children. The pool is open from Memorial Day through late summer. A lifeguard is on duty.
Boating
All types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at the park. Boats are not available for rent. A boat ramp is available to the general public and there is no fee. The marina can accomodate 20 ft. - 60 ft. boats. The park also has a marina that features 161 covered slips, 28 uncovered slips and four sailboat slips. There is no transit or overnight slip rental available. Fuel is available at the dock.

There is a pump out charge of $5 if you are not docked at our marina. The pump out station is closed after November 1 when the dock is winterized.


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Picnicking
The park has 3 large pavilions to accommodate large groups. Pavilions may be reserved up to one year in advance. Grills and water spigots are provided.

There are four individual picnic areas, each equipped with a grill.
Trails
There are three hiking trails at the park. There is a 4.5 mile trail, a .5 mile trail and 1 mile trail. Trails are open year-round. There is a biking trail available at the marina.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 22 love the campground mostly peaceful by susan baker
November 3 Only complaint is the restrooms
The staff that cleans the restrooms really should not pound on a bathroom door at 6am to see if anyone is in there, shouting so loud they wake up everyone in the campground. Other than that the park is great!
May 21 Not Dependable by Unhappy CAMPER!
Paid for a campsite in full, returned after playing on the lake to set up camp and they had rented our site to someone else! Took our money and gave the site to someone else! Would not recommend this park to anyone! Had to drive 2 1/2 hours back home with a group of tired people!
April 20 Its a joy each time were there. by Wild Wolf Products
Nice campgrounds, Even better people working there. Each spring for the last 9 years we have stayed for a few days. Its always a special trip for us. As posted the bath houses could be cleaned more when its full. But all in all its a great campground. They could wait later in the day to do there trash pickup. As they start early some days and can wake you up .
September 6 Love the park, Bathhouses very poor by Chattanoogan for Harrison Bay.
This park and all who work there have been GREAT.. My only complaint is the bath houses, old and run down. That would be ok IF they were cleaned more often. I just spent a weekend there, you could hardly find a tolit that was functional, operating. Thats my only complaint, remodle the bath houses OR at least hire some one to continously clean them, espically on a holiday weekend when the camp ground is full. HELLO.....Really, just trying to help
May 18 family reunion camping for 22 years by amyjholli
my family has camped here for the last 22 years on memorial day weekend it is the best campground. The rangers are nice,staff is great and just a beautiful place to go
March 12 THE BEST ALL AROUND by HARRISON BAY CAMPER
This is my favorite park and most of the campers in the counties around.OUR spring break in these areas is always the last of A MARCH and it is never open. HELP US PLEASE.The park is a great place for kids and they miss it very much.
May 24 GREAT FAMILY ENVIRONMENT by CAMPER GAL


Area Campgrounds

Best Holiday Trav-L-Park Chattanooga
1709 Mack Smith Road
Chattanooga, TN


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Jack's Bait & Tackle Shop
4228 Bonny Oaks Dr
Chattanooga, TN
(423) 698-8339


Hamilton Sport Shop
6308 Highway 58
Harrison, TN
(423) 344-4841


Blaylock Barber & Style Ctr
7710 Hixson Pike
Hixson, TN
(423) 842-5121


Soddy Custom Tackle
11236 Dayton Pike
Soddy Daisy, TN
(423) 332-3401


Union Fork Bait & Tackle
12169 Old Dayton Pike
Soddy Daisy, TN
(423) 332-4664


Area Cabins and Lodges
Country Inns & Suites by Carlson: Country Suites by Carlson-Chattanooga
7051 Mccutcheon Rd
Chattanooga, TN
(423) 899-2300


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Directions
From Chattanooga: Take Exit 4 off I-75 onto State Route 153. Travel North on Hwy. 153 and at the sixth exit , Hwy. 58, turn north. Travel approximately 12 miles to Harrison Bay Road on the left. Follow the signs to the park entrance. The park entrance is approximately one mile on the left.

From Knoxville: From I-75, take Exit 25, Hwy. 60. Travel on Hyw. 60 approximatley nine miles to Hwy. 58. Turn South at Highway 58 and travel approximately 15 miles to Harrison Bay Road. Turn right onto Harrison Bay Road. The park entrance is approximately one mile on the left.

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Cumberland Plateau Region
Harrison Bay State Park
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