Summer break is in full swing, and I have one thing on my mind: the beach! Summertime and the beach go hand in hand, but we all know sometimes it’s just not possible to make it all the way to the coast during the warmer months. Don’t fret! Chattanooga has some local beaches where you can stick your toes in the sand and enjoy the view of our beautiful lakes!
Chattanooga Area Beaches
Chickamauga Dam: The Chickamauga Dam has a great beach area on the lakeside for your family to enjoy! Along with the small beach, there’s a great playground, picnic tables, a large bathroom, grills, river walk, and more! The lake area is roped off several yards out to keep little ones from getting too far.
Chester Frost Park: Perhaps the most well-known beach in Chattanooga, Chester Frost Park is the perfect spot to enjoy your summer break! It has a large beach at its swimming area, along with a playground, campgrounds, pavilions, docks, and more! This area is known to be crowded, so plan accordingly.
Harrison Bay State Park: While there isn’t a large beach at Harrison Bay, you can find nice spots to lounge along the Chickamauga Lake at this beautiful park.
Booker T. Washington State Park: This is another beautiful state park on the Chickamauga Lake where you can find a small beach area to set up your chairs for the day.
Watts Bar Dam: If you’re in the Dayton, TN area, Watts Bar Dam has a great beach for relaxing and swimming!
Nickajack Lake: If you’re in South Pittsburg, you can enjoy the beach located on Nickajack Lake! There is camping, fishing, and fun to be had here.
Red Clay Resort: While it’s not a sandy beach, Red Clay Resort does have a nice, graduated slope you can enjoy around the spring-fed swimming pool. This is another summer hot spot, so expect crowds when you visit.