Chester Frost is a beautiful municipal park located near
Chattanooga on Lake Chickamauga and the Tennessee River. The
greater portion of the park cradles Dallas Bay, a great
little fishing hole with direct deep
water access to the Tennessee River. Chester Frost Park features
picnic shelters, an enormous beach, awesome playgrounds,
incredible fishing, beautiful campgrounds, boat ramps (with
adequate parking for boats and trailers), and unbeatable
Sunsets. That's a
subject in itself. I have to apologize in advance for the seemingly
disproportionate number sunset photos on Chester Frost Park's PB&J
page. Regardless where the day takes us, it's usually concluded with
the sunset from Dallas Island. Every evening is like a brand new
Chester Frost Park is very near Chattanooga and its many
attractions. Chattanooga lies at the base of Lookout Mountain on the
mighty Tennessee River. Lookout Mountain features numerous tourist
attractions that are just cool enough to be "must sees". The
Rock City are classic and historic tourist attractions, all
located on the mountain. For a bit more natural experience, down the
ridge is the
Lula Lake Land Trust, and at the
Chattanooga Nature Center is just up the ridge on Lookout Creek.
The city of Chattanooga
also has many features that should be seen. The
Choo, of course, is a historical old train station with a hotel,
restaurant, and sleeper cars. Just down the road is
Ross's Landing, name for Cherokee Chief John Ross. Ross's
landing hosts many events, and most are free. The
Aquarium is located at Ross' landing as are River boat and "Duck"
rides. Museums, restaurants, theaters, parks, the river, a
outdoor concerts, and an awesome bike path also make this part of
Chattanooga very very nice.
Also near Chattanooga is one of our
favorite old amusement parks,
Lake Winnepesaukah, AKA "Lake Winnie." This old park, founded in
1926, has a rich history. For people in the Tennessee Valley region,
this is the place you take your kids. It's the place your parents
took you. It's the place your grand parents took your parents. The
park does not rely on tradition to bring people back though. They
have managed to keep the fun atmosphere while honoring the tradition
of their past.
why all this about Chattanooga on the Chester Frost page? Well, if
you want to visit Chattanooga, and you want to stay in an RV,
Chester Frost is the place. Before you book anywhere else, PLEASE
send a message on the Feedback page. I'll tell you where NOT to stay
We'd spent the first few days
of our 2013 Spring Break at Desoto State Park near Fort Payne,
Alabama. We love Desoto, but have an equal passion for Chester Frost
Park in Hixson, Tennessee (Near Chattanooga). So, we packed
everything up and headed north.
Chester Frost is located on Lake Chickamauga along the banks of the
Tennessee River, and Unfortunately, despite record rainfall over the
last few months, the lake level was low. That didn't dampen our
spirits, we just had to cast a little farther than usual. The
biggest negative is that when the levels are this low, Dallas Bay
(the body of water surrounding the island we like to camp on) is
dangerously plagued by obstacles, mostly stumps. That little factor
limits boating activities.
there is a positive aspect to lake levels being low, and that's the
fact that rockhounding is at its best. On this particular stay, we
hiked to the back side of the island/peninsula and walked along the
shoreline. We found an incredible collection of shells, fossils,
agates, quartz, chert, and a geode or two. The rocky shoreline was
secluded and looked like a great place for a picnic.
During our stay, the kids enjoyed riding their bikes, frequenting
the playground, and various other outdoor activities. We played
Frisbee quite a lot. As always, fishing was popular, but yielded few
One of the things the kids love most about Chester Frost is its
proximity to Chattanooga. That means things like bowling, movie
theaters, a zoo, Ruby Falls, Rock City, the Chattanooga Choo Choo,
the Tennessee Aquarium, and dozens of great eating establishments
are nearby. On this particular trip, the children discovered sushi.
Not the hard-core stuff, but mostly of the veggie variety. They
Unfortunately, all good
things must end, but we'd been out for a good many nights, and I
think we were all looking forward to sleeping at home for a change.
We headed back to civilization, chores, work, and school.
By the way, you may notice once again that many of my Chester Frost
photographs are of sunsets. For that I apologize. All I can say is
you will be hard pressed to find a prettier sunset anywhere in the
world. It's a very peaceful feeling seeing one of these sunsets in
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Well, the plans for Spring Break were grand. We would stay
at one of our favorite parks, and do as many of the things
we could do in Chattanooga in a week. What happened? Well,
besides 60 mph winds and torrential rains, we just didn't
want to leave the park. We had the boat, canoes, bikes,
fishing poles, and four very entertained kids.
We did leave the park
for a few things. Rebecca took the kids to play
Sir Goony Golf
one day. On another day, we visited
and it was a blast! As the kids get older, the park gets better.
For the most part, we
fished, played on the beach and playground, fished, rode in the
boat, fished, enjoyed the campfire, fished, met lots of new friends
that like to fish, and did I mention, we fished.
As usual, the sunsets
were phenomenal. We got here on Wednesday before Spring Break
so we could get a good lakeside site. We ended-up with site #184
which is a large lakeside back-in. In the Tribe's opinion, it is the
best site in the park.
I have to mention one of
our favorite places to eat while camping at Chester Frost Park. I
have to mention it, because we ate there three times this week.
Lupi's makes an
exceptional hand-tossed pizza pie. Did I mention it was exceptional?
I mean, really GOOD!
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It was Summer Break, so we decided to park the camper at
Chester Frost for an entire week. It is close enough to home
so I could drive back and forth to work while the wife and
kids stayed and had fun. Our initial campsite was horrible,
but we saw someone pulling-out of a lakeside site on our
first evening, so I got my name on a list. We acquired the
site on the morning of the second day, and were much
happier. I did have to visit the Home Depot to buy some
lumber for leveling. Like most lakeside sites, there was a
significant drop-off from the front to rear.
Over the course
of the week, we fished, swam, and generally had a wonderful
time. If we had a boat, we would have enjoyed it that much
Be warned, you CANNOT RESERVE sites, so there is no
guarantee you will have a place to park your camper. Don't
worry though, because
Harrison Bay State Park is just across the river, and
they have lots of sites.
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