COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

COVID-19 Closures

All Tennessee State Parks, and most park facilities, have reopened. All operations are open with occupancy and usage limits, unless otherwise noted below. Signage throughout the parks will encourage proper social distancing and provide information about the cleaning standards for particular facilities or spaces. For more information about particular operations - golf courses, restaurants, etc. - please visit our Keeping Visitors Healthy page. 

Parks or areas of parks could be closed when the capacity is reached.

Cummins Falls State Park reopened May 15 with new, online Gorge Access Permit system.

Overnight Accommodations

Most overnight accommodations - campsites, cabins, Lodges, etc.- are open. Online reservations are available, but online inventory may be lower than normal as we work to enhance social distancing. Availability is subject to change as the situation evolves. Reservations are also accepted over the phone by calling the particular park you wish to visit.

Normal cancellation policies apply to upcoming reservations. Please click here to review Tennessee State Parks cancellation policies. 

Pool Closures Summer 2020

Tennessee State Parks are closing public swimming pools at state parks for the 2020 summer season. The decision was made to keep these facilities closed in the interest of public health and staff safety. COVID-19 presents unique challenges for managing pools. Pools are confined spaces not conducive to social distancing. The very nature of lifeguarding requires close contact with pool users and creates potential for unnecessary risk in life saving situations. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the next opportunity we have to reopen pool facilities for your enjoyment. Tennessee State Parks still offer a wide range of water-based recreation. Boating, fishing and paddling are always popular summer activities. Many Tennessee State Parks even have places to splash and wade at approved spots on the shorelines of lakes and rivers. To see a full list of impacted park pools, click here

Group Facility Rentals

Reservations for group facilities will be honored for groups of 50 people or less. This includes conference spaces, meeting rooms, group lodges, group camps, assembly halls, pavilions and other rentable spaces. All groups will need to practice social distancing protocols as recommended by the CDC. All guests are encouraged to wear a mask and keep 6 feet apart. 

If your group is greater than 50 people, Tennessee State Parks will be working with you to reschedule or cancel your reservation. We encourage all groups to communicate directly with the park at which you have planned your event. This will allow park staff to work directly with you to discuss implementing social distancing protocols and answer logistical questions pertaining to your particular gathering. If groups need to cancel due to concerns with COVID-19 or inability to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the reservation will be cancelled, and a full refund will be given. 

Tips for Day-use Visitors

As we reopen our parks and facilities, we have implemented policies designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we will monitor all aspects of the issue to ensure continued safety. We urge the public to help us keep our state parks open by doing their part to stay apart, by maintaining proper social distancing and practicing personal hygiene. The CDC has recommendations for those looking to visit public lands. We also have some specific things you need to know as you plan your visits on our Keeping Visitors Healthy page.  



Looking for more information about the coronavirus? Here are a few resources to help:

Centers for Disease Control

Tennessee Department of Health