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Fires Allowed
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About Harrison Bay State Park
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State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
WiFi
Location
Harrison Bay State Park is located in Tennessee
Latitude
35.1351 N
Longitude
-85.1246 W
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23 Reviews of Harrison Bay State Park
Level park

Level fishing is great. Very few large sites

Ehhhh

It seems like they just put everyone on top of each other. The spot that I was in was so much of a hill that it took 3 sets of blocks to get everything level.

Nice campground!

Pretty good campground. It being located right on the lake makes it easy for us to put on paddle board and kayak into the water. There are 4 sections, 3 with electric and water that fill up pretty fast on the weekends. We just got lucky and were able to get a full week in one campsite. People cancel often so don’t give up hope! Only downside is that everyone is pretty clumped together and only 4 shower/bathrooms in section C making bathroom breaks a bit hard when people are just showering

Great Campground for Kayaking and Fishing

My wife and I stayed at this campground while coaching a softball tournament in Chattanooga. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to fish as much as I would like due to our tourney schedule. I did have an opportunity to explore the campground and state park and can’t wait to get back down there. We had to pull our pop-up camper so we stayed in an electric site. The site was an extremely level pull through site. It was a little closer to some other campers than I would typically like but the layout allowed for plenty of privacy. I was a bit frustrated when we had to move from one site to another from Fri-Sat because they supposedly only had our site open for 1 night. We looked on the website and it showed our site open Sat night as well but when we asked at the desk they said it was booked and we had to move. Outside of this inconvenience I have no complaints as far as customer service. The bathrooms were clean and well kept, amenities abundant and plenty to do in this state park. The tent sites were far more private with easy access to the lake. I would recommend this campground but if you would like a waterfront site make sure you book well in advance. They also have an extremely nice, giant swimming pool. This is also a great campground for group camping and be sure to check out renting the Patton Hill sites!

We love Harrison Bay!

Harrison bay is our favorite camping place! However we only stay in campsite A. Some of the other campsites are very loud. Campsite A is very laid back and family friendly! We highly recommend!

Crowded but nice

Harrison Bay State Park is a nice park, in a great location, with lots to do. I don’t give this a 5 star rating only because it’s a little cramped in there. The campground was fully booked when we stayed in June, so might not be as bad if you don’t go in the peak season.

The park is right on Lake Chickamauga, so you can fish, kayak, swim, paddle board, etc. There’s a marina with a good restaurant. There’s an aviary, and walking trail. A pool, kayak and paddle board rentals, playground, lots of picnic tables, etc. lots to do! And it’s just a short drive to Chattanooga!

Every loop of the campground has some waterfront sites, we were in B13, and were not waterfront, I believe in the B loop they were around site 29. D loop is only tent sites, A loop has the best waterfront sites in my opinion. The restrooms were large and private in A loop also. Most of the sites appeared to be pull through in all the loops (except D, tent sites)

There’s deer roaming everywhere, so don’t speed! Also, the park closes at 10 so be aware of that. The gate was only half closed the night we were out late, but I’m not sure if that was intentional or not. I would return to Harrison Bay, but possibly will try to go out of peak season!

Great camp ground and park!

Amazing park and camp ground! Easy access to Lake Chickamauga. Plenty of fun to be had by all here at this park.

Good For Long-Term Camping, With Lots of Amenities

Harrison Bay is a huge park, with four camping loops (3 for RVs, 1 for tents), and a large marina, located on the Chickamauga Reservoir of the Tennessee River. It is about thirty minutes from downtown Chattanooga, making it a great place to stay for awhile if you want to check out the area's numerous hiking opportunities, or if you are here to see the various downtown attractions. This would be a good park to stay at long-term as a base-camp, thanks to the numerous in park amenities and to enjoy the Chattanooga area.

Situated again the bay, the majority of the park is surrounded by water, and as such many campsites have views of the lake. Loop A is an RV loop with very little shade, and is closest to the playgrounds and picnic pavilions. Sites 7-11 and 13-14 in this loop have the most shade, with most other sites in full sun. Loop B is an RV loop with more shade on the sites on the northern end and more sun on the southern. Sites 9, 18, 22, and 25 are next to an area with poor drainage so bugs may be an issue here in the summer, and sites 29 & 30 have great views of the lake. Loop C is the last RV loop, also with a lot of shade, and sites 23-25 and 35-36 are right on the water, almost with their own private beaches. Loop D is the tent-only loop; this loop is very shaded, and the sites are fairly large and can accommodate most size tents. The northern end of the loop has clear waterfront views. Sites 13 & 14 are close to the restrooms with view of the water, and sites 15-19 have mostly unobstructed water views. These sites are very close together, but if you go on weekdays or early in the season it's unlikely there will be many other campers there.

In addition to camping, the park offers fishing, boating, hiking, a playground, a restaurant, swimming pool, interpretive center, nature viewing platform, and several picnic pavilions. In warmer months this is a popular spot for locals to come swim in the lake as well, so bring bathing suits and expect a lot of company. Most of the trails are short, however there is a 4 mile trail that goes around an "island" near the marina, and two smaller islands past the campground loops that can be combined for a 1 mile loop. These islands make excellent places to watch the sunset; the large island closest to the marina even has a bench facing southwest for this purpose.

Firewood is available for purchase at a camp store just outside the park, and residents often sell firewood roadside on the way to the park entrance.

This is not a place for solitude; it can get quite crowded during the summer between campers and locals, and there are residential areas on most sides of the lake, visible from the park. Don't come here looking for a wilderness experience. However for an outdoor vacation that has plenty of activities and is close to urban conveniences, Harrison Bay is an excellent choice!

Kids like camping here

KKids loved camping here deer will come up to your camp just keep and eye on your food coolers raccoons will get the

A lot of activities, very convenient

Just outside of Chattanooga TN, this campground has it all! Hiking, biking, a playground for the kids, water sports, a marina, an Olympic sized swimming pool, an excellent dockside restaurant, another dockside restaurant that specializes in Mexican food less than 3 miles away, an 18 hole golf course that's part of the Bear Trace, and there's always some kind of activity going on. Star gazing with the Bernard Astrological Society, trick or treating for Halloween, and many more activities, year round! The rangers are friendly, even the local wildlife is friendly and unobtrusive. You can find what you need in the onsite camping store, or at a grocery store 6 miles away, on Highway 58. There are electrical hookups, well maintained bath houses and a dumping station on site as well. I highly recommend this beautiful state park.