Booker T. Washington State Park

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Booker T. Washington State Park

Tennessee

(423) 894-4955

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Overview

Booker T. Washington State Park is located on the shores of scenic Chickamauga Lake, not far from the city of Chattanooga. Visitors enjoy fishing and boating on the lake, as well as biking and staying in the group camp. The 353-acre 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 secured an education and went on to become a great American leader. He is perhaps best known as a former president of the Tuskegee Institute, an African American organization for higher education. Washington advocated the concept of self-reliance born out of hard work and argued for a more conservative, accommodationist approach to race relations in the United States. This earned him many critics, who said that he undermined the struggle for racial equality. A man who overcame great adversity, Booker T. Washington is best remembered for helping black Americans rise up from the economic slavery that oppressed them long after they became legally free citizens.

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Latitude, Longitude: 35.107790, -85.178665

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Activities

  • Boating

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

  • Bicycling

    Booker T. Washington offers a single track bike trail with a 6-mile loop. The trail features some long uphill climbs with rewarding and very fast down hills. The trail also has some banked (off-camber) turns. This trail is challenging but still rated for all abilities.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Tour buses are welcome and roads within in the park are accessible to tour buses.

  • Camping

    The park has a group camp and a group lodge. The group camp consists of 16 cabins, a camp kitchen with a walk-in freezer and two guest quarters, a bathhouse, pavilion, and a lighted basketball court. The group camp can accommodate up to 96 guests. Guests are provided with mattresses but will need to bring their own sheets, pillows, pillow cases, and toiletries.

    The group lodge at Booker T. Washington consists of three buildings: a well equipped kitchen/dining hall and two dormitory-style sleeping quarters with showers. The group lodge can accommodate up to 42 guests. It is available all year round for weekend and week-long stays. Guests are provided with mattresses but will need to bring their own pillows, linens, and toiletries.

  • Fishing

    This park offers good fishing year-round. In fact, fishing is probably visitors' favorite pastime. Catches include largemouth bass, crappie, sauger, striped bass, walleye, catfish, and buffalo. There is no charge for fishing but all fishermen over thirteen years of age must be in possession of a valid temporary or annual Tennessee fishing license.

  • Hiking

    There is hiking in the park.

  • Historic Sites

    The park is named in honor of the famous leader, Booker Taliaferro Washington, who is perhaps best known as a former president of the Tuskegee Institute, a black organization for higher education.

  • Picnicking

    The park has three large picnic pavilions, each accommodating up to 60 people. Pavilions may be reserved up to two years in advance. The park has at least 30 individual picnic sites. Sites are located by the lake, ball courts, and pool, and there are several in wooded areas. Each is equipped with a grill and there is a water spigot nearby. The picnic areas are accessible.

  • Water Sports

    The park has a large Olympic-size pool with a diving board and a children's wading pool. The pool is open from early summer through Labor Day. There are lifeguards on duty during swimming hours.

    Visitors also enjoy swimming and water skiing in Lake Chickamauga.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round. There is good fishing all year. The pool is only open during the summer.

Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(423) 894-4955

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