What to do in Booker T. Washington State Park

Situated on the shores of scenic Chickamauga Lake not far from the city of Chattanooga is 353-acre Booker T. Washington State Park.

The park is named in honor of the famous leader, Booker Taliaferro Washington. Washington was born into slavery at Hale's Ford, Virginia, but with great determination he secured an education and went on to become one our great Americans. He is perhaps best known as a former president of the Tuskegee Institute, a black organization for higher education.

The park has a large olympic size pool with diving board and a children's' wading pool. The pool is open from early summer through Labor Day.

This beautiful area provides hours of swimming and sunbathing enjoyment for all ages. Groups are welcome. Lifeguards are certified and are on duty during swimming hours.

Hours of Operation are 7:00 a.m. until dark.

Park Rangers are available year round for interpretive programs. Please call the park office to schedule a time for your group. Most programs can be brought to your site. Types of programs are Earth Day, Learn to Swim, TN River Rescue and Environmental Education Programs.

Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Chickamauga, this park offers outstanding opportunities for fishing and boating. Boat launching ramps are conveniently located and boaters enjoy countless hours of skiing, fishing, or pleasure riding.

Fishing is good, year-round and is the probably the parks number #1 pastime; catches include largemouth bass, crappie, sauger, striped bass, walleye, catfish, and buffalo. There is no charge for fishing but all fishermen over 13 years of age must be in possession of a valid temporary or annual Tennessee fishing license.

Other points of interest are the City of Chattanooga, the scenic city of the South; TN Aquarium;Harrison Bay State Park, Hamilton Place Mall.

Park recreation activities include swimming, sunbathing, hiking, field games, playgrounds, basketball, ping-pong, badminton, horseshoes, volleyball and board games.

Recreation equipment is available free of charge at the park office.

Take I-24 or I-75 to Hwy. 153. From Hwy. 153 go to Hwy. 58. Follow Hwy. 58 north to Champion Road on the left and follow the signs. Situated on the shores of scenic Chickamauga Lake not far from the city of Chattanooga is 353-acre Booker T. Washington State Park.

Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

5801 Champion Road
Chattanooga, TN 37416

Phone: 423-894-4955

Fax: 423-855-9879

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