First Hike on Tues., Jan. 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET
Tennessee State Parks are kicking off 2013 with a series of “First Hikes” at each park. Hikes are on either Dec. 31, Jan. 1 or Jan. 2. Join us in welcoming in the New Year. Learn about our First Hike and others.
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 of our great Americans. He is perhaps best known as
a former president of the Tuskegee Institute, a black organization
for higher education.
Special Group Camp and Lodge Message
The Booker T. Washington State Park group camp and group lodge facilities are accepting reservations for the summer and fall seasons. If additional information is needed, please call our office at (423) 894-4955.
Booker T. Washington offers a single track bike trail on a 6-mile loop. The trail features some long uphill climbs with rewarding, but very fast, down hills. The trail also has some banked (off-camber) turns. This trail is challenging but still rated for all abilities
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.
Tennessee Boating Regulations (exit TDEC)
Fishing is good, year-round and is 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.
Tennessee Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)
Tennessee State Parks fishing policies
View the History of Booker T. Washington State Park
The park has 3 large picnic pavilions, each accomodating up to 60 people. Pavilions may be reserved up to two years in advance.
The park has 30 or more individual picnic sites to choose from. Sites are located by the lake, ball courts, pool and there are several in wooded areas. Each is equipped with grills and water spigots nearby. Picnic areas are wheelchair accessible.
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:
Learn to Swim
TN River Rescue
Environmental Education Programs
Park recreation activities include hiking, field games, playgrounds, basketball, badminton, horseshoes, volleyball and board games. Recreation equipment is available free of charge at the park office.
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.
All park public pools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, except Holiday weeks. Please call the park for those schedules. Lodge and camping guests will pay half price for admission to the pool.
Tour buses are welcome and roads within in the park are accessible to tour buses.