COVID-19 and TN State Parks

In support of Governor Lee’s Executive Order 23, we have made the difficult decision to close Tennessee State Parks. This closure is effective April 4, 2020 and will be in place through April 14, 2020. This is a complete closure of trails, facilities, and access to all Tennessee State Parks and Designated State Natural Areas.

All Trails & Public Spaces Temporarily Closed

All trails and public spaces are closed. This is includes: 

  • Trails and Scenic Overlooks
  • Public Restrooms and Bathhouses
  • Parking Lots
  • Picnic Areas and Picnic Shelters
  • Playgrounds
  • Open areas, fields, forests, and all undeveloped areas
  • Boat Ramps managed by Tennessee State Parks
  • Visitor Centers
  • Park Offices
  • Assembly Halls or Recreational Buildings
  • Marinas
  • Camper Check-Ins
  • Seasonal Operations
  • Leased Operations
Overnight Accommodations Temporarily Closed

All park cabins, lodges, group overnight facilities, and campgrounds are closed through April 14. At this time, upcoming reservations between April 15 and April 30 will be honored. Online reservations will remain available for trips with check-in dates after April 30th.

Group Guests

If you are a group planner, we encourage you to communicate directly with the park at which you have planned your event. This will allow park staff to work directly with you and answer logistical questions pertaining to your particular event. Parks can assist groups with rebooking to a date later in the year. Rentable facilities (like shelters and pavilions) with reservations between now and April 14 will be fully refunded. At this time, rentable facilities with prior reservations between April 15 and April 30 will be honored.

Park-hosted Event Cancellations

Tennessee State Parks are canceling all park-hosted events through April 15. We do apologize for any inconvenience this poses to you. If you purchased a ticket to a paid event, we are working diligently to cancel and process refunds in our reservation system. As always, thank you for choosing to support Tennessee State Parks. 


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

Centers for Disease Control

Tennessee Department of Health