Frequently Asked Questions
How is Tennessee State Parks responding to COVID-19?
You can learn more about the park response on the Keeping Visitors Healthy section.
What rules or policies should I follow when visiting Tennessee State Parks?
Park rules, regulations, and policies are listed on the Policies page.
What are your days and hours of operation?
All parks are open to the public seven days a week, 365 days a year. Park offices, museums, visitor centers, and historic sites may be closed two days per week and their hours may vary. The hours for most parks are one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Contact the individual park for more information at www.tnstateparks.com/about/find-a-park.
When planning your trip, it is often helpful to review Active Alerts to ensure the park or area you wish to visit is currently open.
Do Tennessee State Parks charge an access fee?
No. There is no access fee charged for any state park. All 56 state parks in Tennessee are free to enter and enjoy. Some activities at parks may require permits or reservations, but hiking and enjoying the natural environment is always free. Donations are accepted instead of access fees and help further the mission of state parks to provide access to public lands.
Are Tennessee’s State Parks open during the winter?
All Tennessee State Parks are open for recreational activities during the winter. Most cabins, campsites, Lodges, golf courses, and restaurants are open year-round. Some may have shortened hours during the holidays. Please refer to individual parks for specifics. Please check with the individual park to determine the availability of specific amenities. To contact the park manager, visit the Contact Us page.
How do I make a reservation for a campsite, cabin, Lodge, or round of golf?
The easiest way to make a reservation to spend the night or play a round of golf is at reserve.tnstateparks.com. Interested in bringing a group or a conference to a state park? Learn more about groups and event planning under Plan a Gathering.
How do I find out about activities at state parks?
Check this link on the State park’s website at www.tnstateparks.com/events/ or call the park office for updates. In addition, many of the park lodges have developed special room and food discounts under Getaway Packages for special events. You can learn about these packages by visiting www.tnstateparks.com/about/promotions.
Is there any outside advertising or solicitation allowed in state parks?
No handbills, no soliciting of guests, or any outside advertising is allowed. Those looking to learn more about vendor opportunities in the parks can do so here.
How do I apply for a job with Tennessee State Parks?
Learn about applying for full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs with Tennessee State Parks on the Careers page.
Can I collect firewood in a state park?
Collection of deadwood on the ground for firewood is allowed for use by campers and other overnight guests staying on the park. Most state parks offer firewood for sale. Check with the individual park for more details.
Can I use a metal detector?
Use of metal detectors is allowed by an individual engaged in a limited search for a lost item under the supervision of the Park Manager. No other usage is allowed without written permission from the State Archaeologist and the Director of State Parks.
Are there rules for photography, videography, or drone pilots in parks?
Information about commercial and non-commercial photography/videography/drones is available on the Photography page.
How can I obtain a gift card?
Tennessee State Parks Gift Cards may be purchased online or at any park. Orders are sent to you via USPS for intended arrival within 5 business days. In most cases, orders will be processed and mailed the same or next business day. Tennessee State Parks Gift Cards are accepted at Tennessee State Parks for overnight stays and day-use fees, as well as for purchases in the gift shops and restaurants throughout the parks (some restrictions apply). VIEW DETAILS
How do I get on the State Park’s email list to receive Special Events Calendars and promotional discounts?
You may join this list by clicking here. You will receive an email confirming that you have been added to the list. On a regular basis, we send out emails listing dates and activities happening at all State Parks. We also send out emails offering golf, food and lodging promotions.
Do Tennessee State Parks offer any discounts?
We offer a variety of discounts to active military, Tennessee veterans, Tennessee seniors, Tennessee residents, Tennessee state employees, and others. Learn more.
Are there any National Parks in Tennessee?
There are 14 sites that are classified either as National Cemeteries, Battlefields, Scenic Trails, Rivers, Areas or Parks. For more information on these locations, visit the National Park Service website.