Flat Water Paddling Review
Chester Frost State Park
One of my favorite places to paddle my flatwater kayak in, or around, the Chattanooga area would be Chester Frost County Park, located on Dallas Bay in Hixson, Tennessee. Home to the Hamilton County Fair and various fishing tournaments throughout the year, Chester Frost Park is an extremely family friendly area ideal for those looking for both an easy day of lily-dipping and noodling around, and for those interested in extended camping opportunities. Picnicking/grilling with friends and family, and checking out the local culture are also activities of interest! A powerboat launch, playground, bathhouse, sandy beach and defined swimming area, as well as the plethora of picnic tables and shelters, all proximate to a Tennessee State Park campground make for the perfect, lazy day on, and around, the water. The sheltered bay in which all these amenities are located make for family friendly paddling as well.
Located a mere 15 miles from downtown Chattanooga, allow for about 45 minutes travel time (one way) due to traffic.
Motorboat traffic increases during the weekends and summer months because Dallas Bay is a popular water skiing area. That said, the sandy bottom of the swimming area (as well as proximity to amenities like Nana's Frozen Custard!) make this a fantastic area in which to take advantage of introducing the sport to children and those leery of joining in the fun. It's also a great area to work on your own skills and techniques!
As it is a Tennessee State Park, parking is clearly marked and available throughout Chester Frost Park; Park Rangers patrol the area on a regular basis. If you are utilizing the day use area only, be aware that the area(s) close at dusk/dark. If you choose to camp, parking would be in designated spots within the campground. Park day use hours are from 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST. 24 hour parking for late nights/overnights may be gained at the powerboat launch; I recommend apprising the Park Staff that you will be leaving a vehicle, but it isn't requisite to Park regulations.