Harrison Bay State Park

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 park offers a 4.5 mile loop mountain bike trail. The trail is perfect for beginners looking for their first excursion into the dirt.

For other park information visit the Tennessee State Parks website.

Hours: 8 AM - 10 PM

Where is Harrison Bay State Park?

Booker T Washington State Park is located approximately 20 minutes north of downtown Chattanooga. 


Directions from downtown:

  • Take Amnicola Hwy north
  • R on to Hwy 153
  • Exit 5A on to Hwy 58 N
  • L on Harrison Bay Road
  • Follow signs to bike trial


  • Restrooms
  • Ample parking
  • Picnic area

History of the Harrison Bay Trail System

SORBA Chattanooga has been integral in the redesign and construction of improved trails in the park to accommodate the area’s flat topography which previously had resulted in major damage from continuous mud issues, worsened by improper attempts to resolve the issues. Trail modifications have resulted in increased accessibility and sustainability of the trail system. Harrison Bay is home to approximately 4.5 miles of beginner level singletrack trail. To improve the trail system at Harrison Bay State Park SORBA Chattanooga contributed an estimated 300 volunteer hours.