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.
Great hiking place with wonderful views for the novice hiker.
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.
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.
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.