Four campsites near Chattanooga with side adventures to explore

From stargazing to swimming, plenty of unique opportunities await at various campsites across the Southeast. The camping experience, after all, should be about more than simply sleeping in a tent. Here are four of our favorite regional camp spots, plus the side adventures they afford.


Harrison Bay State Park

With 1,200 acres of land bordering Chickamauga Lake, Harrison Bay has a ton of camping options: 128 RV campsites with water and electrical hookups and 27 tent sites with shaded gravel pads, water spigots and fire rings. Located 18 miles northeast of downtown, it also boasts little light pollution, making it known as a great place for stargazing. In fact, throughout the year, Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga hosts "star parties" in one of the park's main parking lots where night-sky experts share their telescopes and binoculars with the public.