Booker T. Washington State Park, Harrison

#78 of 102 in Wildlife in Tennessee
Water Body · Hidden Gem · State Park
Booker T. Washington State Park is a 353acre park situated on the shores of Chickamauga Lake. It was built largely by African-American units of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was originally designated under segregation as one of two Tennessee State Parks for use by blacks (the other being T. O. Fuller State Park near Memphis) until discrimination in public accommodations in the United States was banned under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The park has facilities that are suited to accommodate all its visitors. Facilities on site include three separate picnic shelters that can accommodate up to 60 people, 30 individual picnic sites equipped with grills and water spigots, one group lodge, two bath houses, one wash house, restrooms that are handicap accessible, two floating docks that accommodates several boats, a single lane boat ramp, fishing pier with two shelters at the ends, olympic size swimming pool that is open from memorial day weekend to labor day weekend, three different mountain biking trails, and a basketball court.
BikingBooker T. Washington park is used in many ways by locals as it offers an array of outdoor activities with one being mountain biking. According to SORBA (Southern Off-road Biking Association), Booker T. Washington has three different biking trails to offer. The outer loop is the longest of the three at approximately 3.9 miles, with the first inner loop coming in at a distance of 1.2 miles and the second inner loop stretching out at 2.2 miles. It is also common to see more experienced riders ride all three which come to a total of approximately 7.3 miles. Booker T. Washington state park is popular with local riders because it offers intermediate riders three quality trails, though riders are advised not to ride the trails during wet conditions as they become unsafe.
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  • Lovely TN park on the Chickamauga Lake near Chattanooga, TN. There is group lodging, camp sites, fishing, picnic areas and one can also boat on the lake.  more »
  • While camping at another park, we stumbled by this state park, we went by so we could see the sunset, the park ranger was very nice and accommodating and allowing us to go down by the water, (please.....  more »
  • My wife and I go here all the time. The grounds are always clean. Great areas to fish. Booker T is a great place to walk for exercise or just sit my the water and enjoy some beautiful sunsets. One of the best bike paths in Chattanooga. So if you're looking for a place to chill and learn some history about area and Bookert T Washington please visit and enjoy.
  • Looking for a cheap cost only for pool, or even better free great place to take your kids or just yourself and some friends for that much deserved outdoor / scenic time. Located on the lake, walk out on the dock and put your feet in the water, go fishing, go swimming in the pool, play on the playground. Great views, mini different options for activities for kids of all ages. Easily accessible, no charge to access, or park, boat dock available, all no charge, like I said only charge would be for swimming in the very nice large pool.

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