COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy


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2021 COVID-19 Update

Tennessee State Parks are closing public swimming pools at state parks for the 2021 summer season. The uncertainty surrounding vaccination schedules and the continuing threat of COVID as a public health concern necessitated the decision to keep these facilities closed in the interest of public health and staff safety. We apologize for this inconvenience. 

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

Whether cooling off in the rippling waters of a mountain stream, enjoying the shade of a poolside umbrella or strolling on a sandy beach by one of our many scenic lakes, beating the summer heat has never been easier.

Swimming Pool at Cove Lake State Park

Swimming Pools

Tennessee State Parks are closing public swimming pools at state parks for the 2021 summer season.

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Our public swimming pools are a perfect retreat from the summer heat. Most are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and have lifeguards on duty during swimming hours. Amenities often include sunbathing space with lounge chairs, bathhouses and snack areas, diving boards and children’s wading pools. Most park public pools are closed on Monday and Tuesday, except for holiday weeks. There is an admission fee for day guests, which varies by location. Most cabin and camping guests pay a reduced price. Our pools are perfect locations for birthday parties and provide hours of entertainment without breaking the budget.

For more information on hours and days of operation, pool passes, pool party rates or other specific information call your park of interest. *Please note: Pools at Edgar Evins, Montgomery Bell, Natchez Trace and Pickwick Landing are for Lodge and/or cabin guest use only. 

Tennessee State Parks Pool Passes

Each summer, Tennessee State Parks offers a statewide pool passes. Each pass includes 40 entries to any of the Tennessee State Park pool locations below. These passes are available for purchase online and at participating Tennessee State Park pool locations. 


West Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

East Tennessee

Paris Landing

Cumberland Mountain

Booker T. Washington

T. O. Fuller

David Crockett

Cove Lake


Fall Creek Falls

David Crockett Birthplace


Henry Horton

Harrison Bay


Standing Stone

Norris Dam



Panther Creek



Roan Mountain



Warriors' Path

Swim Beach at Pickwick Landing

Swim Beaches

Swim beaches are popular destinations for family fun. Play in the sand, wade in the water or float in a tube. Most swim areas are open seasonally, free and offer bathhouses and scenic lake views; however no lifeguards are on duty.

West Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

East Tennessee


Long Hunter

Big Ridge

Natchez Trace

Montgomery Bell


Nathan Bedford Forrest

Mousetail Landing


Paris Landing



Pickwick Landing

Rock Island


Streams and Creeks

Cool creek water, perfect for wading and splashing can be found at many of our parks.