Harrison Bay State Park RV & Campground Guide


Chickamauga Lake is a reservoir created by Chickamauga Dam, 20 miles northeast of Chattanooga. The dam, completed in 1940, created a 35,800-acre lake with 810 miles of shoreline. Alongside that massive body of water, 20 miles west of Cleveland, TN, a recreation area occupied 40 miles of the shoreline. Known today as Harrison Bay State Park, named after nearby Harrison, TN, the site claims 1,200 acres of developed land where visitors enjoy the lake's magnificence, a professional-level golf course, hiking trails, excellent fishing, and a historical museum. Those families choosing to vacation here build memories that last a lifetime.

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Winter 31-54 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Harrison Bay State Park

Camping in an RV is the ideal method for staying at Harrison Bay State Park. There are so many activities that a family can enjoy inside and outside the park that days fill quickly. Spending evening hours resting in a comfortable RV allows families to recharge their batteries and prepare for the next exciting day. To find an RV rental near Harrison, TN, try RVshare to find one that meets your needs.

Harrison Bay State Park Campground

Harrison Bay State Park Campground offers 128 paved RV campsites, a few of which allow rigs up to 65 feet in length. The campground supports a swimming pool, game room, rec hall, horseshoe pit, golf course, and a marina. Three trails of various lengths and intensities run through the park. Angling is a favorite activity that draws visitors to this park. A boat ramp allows easy access for any watercraft. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent at the camp store.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps

  • Sewer Hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, warm showers, dump station

  • Fee: $21 to $40 per night

Chattanooga Holiday Travel Park

Chattanooga Holiday Travel Park is located 19 miles south of Harrison Bay State Park. The park offers 60 temporary RV campsites, 57 of which are pull-throughs. Each site is 60 feet in length. The pull-through sites are 30 feet in width, and the back-in sites are 35 feet wide. Metered LP gas is available at the camp store, along with RV supplies, groceries, firewood, and ice. The campground offers a swimming pool, a rec hall, shuffleboard, horseshoe pits, and playgrounds.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station

  • Fee: $51 per night

Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Campground

Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Campground offers 60 RV campsites, of which 45 are pull-throughs. Each site is 25 feet in width and 65 feet in length, leaving enough room to deploy any slide-outs an RV may support. Upon arrival, each guest is escorted to their campsite, assisted in getting the RV in position and level, and connected to the camp's systems. Visitors can arrange to hook up to the metered LP gas system at the camp store, find other RV supplies, and purchase groceries, firewood, and ice. For breakdowns, the campground offers on-site RV services. Pets enjoy the dog run and the pet cleaning service. A self-operated RV cleaning platform is next door to the camp store. The camp provides planned activities, a swimming pool, a rec hall, an exercise room, playgrounds, and a lawn darts area. Cable TV is piped into every campsite. Nature trails let visitors stretch their legs.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, laundry facility, dump station

  • Fee: $45 to $70 per night

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What to Do at
Harrison Bay State Park

Inside Harrison Bay State Park

The first thing everyone does after they set up camp at Harrison Bay State Park is they take a look at the lake; Lake Chickamauga dominates the campground morning, noon, or night. There are three trails in the park: The Fitness Loop, 0.5 miles—easy; the Lakeshore Loop, 1.5 miles—intermediate; and the Bay Point Loop, 4.5 miles—intermediate. These trails lead to birding opportunities where bald eagles and osprey are often caught on camera drifting across the lake seeking prey. Chickamauga Lake provides ample fishing opportunities for many fish species, including bluegill, crappie, gar, shell cracker, bass, catfish, and many more. An exquisite golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus is available for those who seek a challenge.

Outside Harrison Bay State Park

Visitors to Harrison Bay State Park find that the area outside the park is just as impressive as that found inside. Though local communities, such as Harrison, TN, are small, they are full of restaurants, gift shops, and museums. Further afield, visitors find larger communities like Cleveland and Chattanooga, TN. These communities house intriguing businesses, memorials, and fun games where children and adults interact. 


Choo Choo BBQ Smokehouse

An interesting restaurant near Harrison Bay State Park is the Choo Choo BBQ Smokehouse. Whether you prefer the taste of barbecued chicken, pork, steak, or fish, this is the place to satisfy that hankering for barbecue that all campers seem to catch. Their smoked beef brisket, carved thin and included in a sandwich, is delicious.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 9070 Highway 58, Harrison, TN 37341

Aji Peruvian Restaurant

An unexpected, and palate-pleasing surprise is the Aji Peruvian Restaurant. You will not find a restaurant like this anywhere else in Tennessee. Their insistence on fresh ingredients makes exotic foods like their El Colonial sandwich, a vegetable fritter made with eggs, spinach, and other vegetables, into a delicacy that you will always remember.

Type: Peruvian

Location: 5035 Ooltewah Ringgold Road, Ooltewah, TN 37363

Rain Thai Bistro

For Asian cuisine at its finest, visit the Rain Thai Bistro. Do not let the word "Thai" fool you. Thai food may be their focus, but Japanese sushi, Vietnamese spring rolls, and Indian curry are also on the menu.

Type: Asian

Location: 6933 Lee Highway, Suite 400, Chattanooga, TN 37421


True is a Southern fine dining restaurant with a professional chef at the helm. Intriguing meals like chicken schnitzel or shrimp and grits await you.

Type: Southern

Location: 201 Keith Street Southwest, Cleveland, TN 37311


Bradley Square Mall

Bradley Square Mall in Cleveland, TN, is the nearest shopping mall to the park. The mall features 26 shops, most of which are recognizable brand franchises such as American Eagle Outfitters and Belk.

Location: 200 Paul Huff Parkway Northwest, Cleveland, TN 37312

Locals Only Gifts and Goods

Travelers should always be on the lookout for gift shops like Locals Only Gifts and Goods. In this shop, you only find items produced in Tennessee, most by artisans with unique ideas. There are complex items like etched wall mirrors, and there are simple pieces like "thank you" cards.

Location: 10 Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37405


Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Take a short trip into Georgia to visit the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to gain an understanding of the solemnity and weight of the Civil War. On these battlefields in 1863, the fate of the nation was determined by the sacrifice of thousands.

Location: 3370 Lafayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742

Museum Center at 5ive Points

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region in two ways. First, there is a standard museum format where you observe artifacts found in the region from as long ago as 1,400 BCE. Second, a virtual tour provides a visual collection of photographs, films, and videos of the area, including major events like the World Wars and the Great Depression.

Location: 200 Inman Street East, Cleveland, TN 37311

Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls is the tallest underground waterfall open to the public in the world. Discovered in 1928 by a spelunker, these falls are reached today via an elevator. Otherwise, visitors would have to climb 260 feet down over calcite formations. The light show adds a sense of wonder that kids will remember for a lifetime.

Location: 1720 South Scenic Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37409

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How to Get to
Harrison Bay State Park

Though there are several ways to get to Harrison Bay State Park, the most traveled route begins in Chattanooga. To approach the park from the southwest and Chattanooga, TN, get on Tennessee Highway 58 North (TN-58 N) and drive for 6.4 miles. At exit 5A, turn right toward Decatur. You will still be on TN-58 N. Travel another 8.5 miles, then turn left onto Harrison Bay Road. Follow the signs for 2 miles to find the entrance to Harrison Bay State Park.

Entering Harrison Bay State Park

Harrison Bay State Park is a day-use area that is open from dawn until dusk.

Harrison Bay State Park Entry fee : $0.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Harrison Bay State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Harrison Bay State Park?

Visit Harrison Bay State Park in the summer to take advantage of the golf course, hiking trails and boating opportunities. Grab a kayak, canoe or paddleboard rental for a refreshing time out on the water.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Harrison Bay State Park?

Due to its great location on the shore, you're likely to see osprey, bald eagles, woodland warblers and other shorebirds and waterfowl. White-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits, skunks, raccoons and tortoises are also frequently spotted.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Harrison Bay State Park?

Harrison Bay State Park has 128 RV camping spots with electrical and water hookups. A few of these sites can accommodate motorhomes up to 65 feet. There is one on-site dump station and bathhouses in each of the camping areas.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Harrison Bay State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations are recommended but not mandatory. The ideal way to get the best amenities and location is to reserve a spot. There is a $5 nonrefundable reservation fee for each site.

Are pets allowed at Harrison Bay State Park?

Dogs of every size and breed are permitted at Harrison Bay State Park. They must be leashed at all times and with their owner. Bring extra water to ensure they stay hydrated during your camping adventures.