Attractions in Harrison, Tennessee

Attractions in Harrison, Tennessee
Harrison is a city in west Tennessee near the Georgia border. It sits on the Harrison Bay area of Chickamauga Lake. Average temperatures range from 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to 90 in the summer, making Harrison a great area for water-based sports and leisure activities.

Harrison Bay State Park

Harrison Bay State Park sits on 1,200 acres of wooded land and lays claim to 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline. Campers can stay in one of 128 RV campsites or 21 tent-only, non-powered campsites. Each camping area has shower and restroom facilities as well as a playground.

Recreation options include five miles of hiking trails, a four-and-a-half-mile-long bike trail, a marina, and fishing. Sporting equipment can be rented for baseball, softball, volleyball and horseshoes. Harrison Bay State Park is also home to Bear Trace, a par 72, 18-hole golf course.

Harrison Bay State Park
8411 Harrison Bay Road
Harrison, TN 37341
(423) 344-6214

Booker T. Washington State Park

Booker T. Washington State Park sits on Chickamauga Lake and is popular for a wide variety of watersports. Using the on-site boat ramp, guests can access the lake for a day of fishing, water skiing, swimming or leisure boating. Visitors can also swim in the on-site Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Throughout the year, the park rangers host a variety of events like learning to swim, river rescue, Earth Day and different environmental education programs.

Booker T. Washington State Park
5801 Champion Road
Chattanooga, TN 37416
(423) 894 4955

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum goes beyond what's normally expected of a railroad museum. Here visitors can actually go on a variety of train rides through the local countryside. Outdoor enthusiasts can take in the fall foliage on the Autumn Leaf Special in the fall. Other train rides range from 50 minutes to six hours, with some going as far away as Chickamauga, Ga.

The Missionary Ridge Local ride is the shortest and takes visitors to the east Chattanooga Depot to witness a turntable in action and explore the maintenance and restoration facilities.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
4119 Cromwell Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 894-8028

Red Clay State Park

Red Clay State Park is 15 miles south of Harrison, right alongside the Georgia border. The park sits on 263 acres of former cotton and pasture land. The landscape is made up of deep valleys and forested ridges averaging 200 feet high. Camping is not permitted, but the park has a 100-person-capacity picnic pavilion and 18 free-standing picnic tables.

Highlights of the part include Blue Hole Spring, a natural spring once used by the Cherokee tribe during council meetings and a two-mile trail leading to an overlook tower.

Red Clay State Park
1140 Red Clay Park
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 478-0339

Article Written By John Leonard

John Leonard is a freelance writer living in Maryland. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and has been writing Web content and travel blogs for over a year. He mainly writes travel articles for Trails or general articles for eHow.

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