Booker T. Washington State Park - Chattanooga, TN - Tennessee State Parks

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Welcome to Booker T. Washington State Park
Booker T. Washington State Park is named in honor of the famous leader, Booker Taliaferro Washington. Born into slavery and freed by the age of nine, Washington fought throughout his life to earn a higher education. Washington’s dedication earned him a scholarship into Hampton Normal Agriculture Institute for Freedman in Hampton, Va. He is best known for being former president of the Tuskegee Institute, a black organization for higher education. Washington strongly believed that agriculture and vocational education was the key to advance a newly freed race to a better life and not the pursuit of civil rights. Situated on the shores of scenic Chickamauga Lake, not far from the city of Chattanooga, is the 353-acre Booker T. Washington State Park. Many visitors enjoy the phenomenal scenery through the challenging, yet rewarding, six-mile mountain biking trail. The park is also equipped with an Olympic size swimming pool that includes a diving board and children’s wading pool. The park has three large picnic pavilions, each accommodating up to 60 people as well as the more than 30 individual picnic sites located throughout the park. Each picnic site is equipped with grills and water spigots nearby. Pavilions may be reserved up to one year in advance.

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Group Camp and Group Lodge
The Oaks Group Camp consists of six cabins, a state-of-the-art dining hall, a bathhouse, covered pavilion and basketball court. Each cabin sleeps 16 people. The facility was completely renovated in 2014. The group camp can accommodate 100 people and is available from May through October. Priority is given to week long reservations, however short term rentals are also available. The Tuskegee Airmen Group Lodge accommodates up to 50 people and rents by the week or for shorter periods of time. It has a fully equipped kitchen and dining area and two sleeping sections, each served by its own shower and restroom facilities. Both the group lodge and the group camp are ADA compliant. Facility may be reserved through the park office.

Picnic Shelters and Playgrounds
Three picnic shelters can be reserved online up to a year in advance. They are equipped with picnic tables and grills and have an electrical outlet. There are also other individual sites with tables, grills, and playground facilities.

Our Olympic-size pool is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. There is a small fee to access the pool. Lifeguards are on duty.

Bike Trails
The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association has stated that this is one of the best off road bicycle trails in the south. The seven mile trail runs along Chickamauga Lake.



5801 Champion Rd
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