Occupying 1,200 acres of land with almost 40 total miles of shorelines, Harrison Bay State Park was built with recreation in mind. Originally, this park was spawned out of the Tennesee Valley Authority's effort to provide several new green spaces throughout the area in the early 1930s. Its name stems from the park's Harrison Bay, which covers what used to be the original town of Harrison as well as the famous Cherokee Campgrounds, three villages that were ruled over by one of the last famous Cherokee Cheiftans to inhabit the region.
Guests looking to stay the night in Harrison Bay State Park can take their pick between over 150 different sites. These cater to both primitive campers looking to hike their way through the state, locals looking for a rustic adventure, or modern day "glampers" looking to have a comfortable, air-conditioned few nights away from home. 128 total RV sites can be reserved up to six months in advance, and are pet-friendly with an additional deposit. There are 27 tent-only sites that are available but lack the option to reserve them.
If you're looking to catch a tent site, make sure to call ahead and show up early. Canines are free to stay overnight on these traditional sites provided they're restrained throughout their stay. There's also a camp store open throughout the year that offers last minute essentials as well as souvenirs and snacks. Water vessels are encouraged in Harrison Bay State Park, with everything from paddleboards to motorboats being allowed on the waters of Chickamauga Lake.
Canoes, kayak, and paddleboard rental is available at the beachside rental offices for an additional fee. If you're looking to get your boat into the water, there are two concrete slips available free of charge. All boats should display up to date state registration while on the water. Canines are allowed to accompany boating guests, provided they stay on a leash throughout their stay. Take a trip to Harrison Bay State Park, and don't forget your four-footed family members.