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 were 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.

trail running
7 days ago

Great easy trail. The loop is only 4.5 miles. It was very muddy in spots. Nice views of the water. No restroom or water at the trailhead. A few distance markers. Will probably run this one again when were are in the area.

The trails and views were great. We saw about 4 deer. i just wish if they are going to measure the distance it would be posted better and more accurate and maybe a map at the beginning of the trail so you know which ways to go. But overall a great hike or bike ride.

I done my first 26.2 trail race here. This was the Run Amok half, Full Marathon,50k an 50miler. Great trail

2 months ago

2 months ago

This is a lot of fun for kids but the trail is pretty short and simple.

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hiking
2 months ago

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walking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for walking/running/biking. Love this park!

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8 months ago

I loved this trail. It was easy to walk, offered a variety of views, and was full of plant and animal life..

hiking
8 months ago

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9 months ago

Great hiking place with wonderful views for the novice hiker.

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9 months ago

11 months ago

walking
1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

Great trail if you you just want an easy long walk. Not a good trail to be on during or after rain, but the woods of the trail are full of deer that don't get spooked and give you plenty of picture perfect opportunities.

1 year ago

i absolutely loved this trail. It is easy with no real elevation but for me the length of it made up for that. It runs along the bay so the scenery was gorgeous the entire way. I saw 5 deer and various other wildlife. I went left at the fork in the beginning. It did get pretty muddy quickly but soon the trail dried up and there was barely any other mud. I still would suggest waterproof boots as I dont think I would have passed parts in tennis shoes after a goid rain. I hot confused at the end of the trail. My GPS lost signal and I came to a split. Unsure of which way to go, luckily I chose left and found the parking lot in about .1 of a mile.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice hike. Hot today but was cool being in the shade most the time.
Taking at least 2 bottles of water per person is ideal. A few benches along the way is nice to relax as the
Cool air came off the lake. There is markers indicating how far you have to go. I suggest driving to the parking lot as after the hike the additional mile walk back is a little less desirable at that point.