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.

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

1 month ago

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

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

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

on Harrison Bay

7 months ago

Great hiking place with wonderful views for the novice hiker.

on Harrison Bay

7 months ago

10 months ago

walking
11 months 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.

hiking
1 year ago

Decent trails. Vehicles speed down the main rd so you would be advised to park near each trail rather than hike the asphalt.

hiking
2 years ago

I've walked this trail several times, it is an easy hike with nice views. The only downside is that no matter what time of year I have gone it has been incredibly muddy, to the point where there are posts that are almost impassable.

hiking
2 years ago

Bay Point Loop is a wide trail. It is fairly level and good for all skill levels. We saw several deer that were not afraid. The lake was very crowded with boaters and jet skiers. We could hear music and loud voices. This trail is great exercise and fairly scenic, but no natural serenity and if you hike to feel a part of nature and have peace, this trail is probably not your first choice.

hiking
3 years ago

Solid trail that loops around a very scenic lake front. Trail has some beautiful views but is bumpy due to all the roots in the ground. Watch out

hiking
3 years ago

Super easy trail, camped here overnight on our way to fall creek falls.

hiking
4 years ago

I run this trail weekly. Great hike for kids!

hiking
4 years ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Kid friendly and didn't take a long time.

hiking
4 years ago

this trail is super easy and wonders along the lake shore. very scenic. one warning: Do not attempt this trail if it has rained recently. it is prone to flooding and impassible mud.

hiking
4 years ago

This is a super easy butterfly/ figure 8 type trail. The trail winds around the edge of the lake and it relatively flat. There are a 2 or 3 benches to stop and enjoy the lake views. This is a wonderful beginners hike also great with children.