COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

Alerts

05-22-2020: The following trails are closed at Fall Creek Falls until further notice.

  • The Lower Loop Trail from Campsite 1-Campsite 2
  • The Piney Mountain Bike Trail 
  • The Piney Falls Trail is closed for reconstruction of the swinging bridge.
  • The Nature Center Swinging Bridge is closed. There is no access from the Nature Center to Fall Creek Falls!!!

05-29-2020: The bridge on the Fiery Gizzard is washed out. The trail is open to cross at your own risk, but If the water is high the trail is closed to through hikers. Grundy Forest Day Loop is open. Foster Falls to Small Wilds is open.

06-23-2020: We encourage everyone participating in a program, hike, or event to bring and wear a mask but with some events, like guided canoe floats, they are not required. 

Tennessee State Parks will be conducting timber harvests and sales at Mousetail Landing State Park and Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park due to storm damage over the winter and spring. This action will necessitate the temporary closing of some trails.

Park officials plan to clear tracts of salvage timber damaged by storms in order to best establish uniform new growth in the affected areas and remove any hazards from the trail systems. 

“These steps are designed with the long-term health of the parks in mind,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “We understand this will mean a temporary inconvenience for some of our visitors, and we ask for their understanding as we address the needs of our parks.”

At Mousetail Landing State Park, the work is expected to last from June through September. All hiking trails on the park will be closed. The backcountry shelters at the park will also be closed, as well as the primitive group camp. 

At Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, the work is expected to last from June through August. All trails north of Pilot Knob will be closed as well as the group campground. 

The timber sale at each park will be overseen by the park manager and a consulting forester to ensure best practices are observed throughout the process. A detailed bid and selection process will be used, and the contractor will clear the trails system and affected surroundings of hazardous trees for the safety of park guests and the re-establishment of a healthy forest. Each park will implement a plan for growth of hardwood forest with early successional habitat established in the next few years.

This alert is in effect from until further notice.

The Spoone Pavilion, Smallman Pavilion and upper bathrooms near the Overlook will be closed for the winter beginning November 19, 2020 due to the potential for water freezing.

This alert is in effect from November 19, 2020 until further notice.

Public Notice Posted Feb. 8, 2019:

Cabins at Chickasaw State Park are scheduled for upcoming reservations and will be closed as noted below:

—Cabins 1-7 will be closed December 1, 2019 until September 30, 2020 for renovations.
—Cabins 8-13 will remain open during this time period.

Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change. We will not be taking reservations online during this period; however, guests may call the park office to check on possible availability. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please exercise extreme caution while enjoying creek areas, including waterfalls. Water levels may change suddenly, running high and moving fast in many areas and posing increased safety risk. Check out our interactive map to plan your trip: https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174

All Counties: All caves on lands managed by the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail are closed to the public at this time due to White Nose Syndrome.

Public Notice as of Feb. 8: Byrd Lake Trail is CLOSED due to the construction of our ADA paved trail until further notice. This is a Recreational Trails Grant project. For more information please call the park office 931-484-6138. 

12-10-2020: Open | Black Mountain to Ozone Falls | Interactive Map (includes area, trailheads, parking, etc.)https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174

11-30-2020: **Closure** | Frozen Head State Park Boundary North to Arch Mountain: Downfall has made the trail impassable at several points. Navigating around the obstructions is dangerous. Map of Closure: https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174

Connects to Lawson Mountain…which has the following warning. 

11-30-2020: The Lawson Mountain Section the CT is in poor condition. Be prepared to use GPS navigation. A form of GPS navigation is available on the Cumberland Trail Interactive Map Here: https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174

Please exercise extreme caution, plan your trip, and do not continue (& turn back) if you lose site of the trail or blazes.

11-30-2020: Tank Springs Shelter (No Longer Exists) | A fire has destroyed the Tank Springs Shelter in Campbell County roughly 3 miles south of the Tank Springs Trailhead in LaFollette towards the Devil's Racetrack in Caryville - a roughly 11-mile stretch. 

9-15-2020: Nemo Bridge to Break-A-Way Bluff | This segment of trail has continuous maintenance issues due to its topography – staff are working in the area but blowdowns & other issues are common even after recent cleanings. Please exercise extreme caution, plan your trip, and do not continue (please turn back) if you lose site of the trail or blazes. If you see issues report them at cumberland.trail@tn.gov or 423-566-2229 (M-F 8am – 4:30pm ET).

08-25-2020: The Suck Creek Bridge off Hwy 27 (near Mushroom Rock) in Prentice Cooper State Forest is washed out. Staff is looking at possible options with an indefinite timetable for repair at this time.”

Updated October 25, 2019: Trail Segment Closures
Trail South of the Devil’s Breakfast Table Trailhead - extending to the Daddy’s Creek Trailhead and RMA - remains incomplete and closed. The trail can be picked up again, to the south, at the Daddy’s Creek Trailhead.

For Immediate Updates: Visit our Interactive Map at https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=762f5151ba8045b2b076c0455f37179a&extent=-86.8081,34.9055,-82.7514,36.8174 - follow our Facebook page or call our main office at 423-566-2229 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET.

Gorge Water Levels Ongoing Alert: Changing water levels in the gorge can result in the sudden closure of the trail access to the base of the waterfall. Rain can drastically impact the volume of water coming over Cummins Falls, making the path through the gorge dangerous for visitors. We encourage everyone to check the weather forecast in the days leading up to a visit to the park. Even if it isn't raining at the park, rain upstream can cause water levels to rise in a matter of minutes. Please remain aware of your surroundings during your visit and exit the base of the falls if you notice the water volume increasing.

For the most up-to-date information, please check the Cummins Falls State Park Facebook page. On-site park staff will post photos and trail closure alerts on that page. 

UPDATE: Cummins Falls State Park has reopened with a new online Gorge Access Permit system. Permits will be required for anyone wishing to decent into the gorge or visit the base of the waterfall. LEARN MORE

Lodges

Tennessee State Parks operate several hotel properties across the state. The Lodges at Tennessee State Parks staff are taking the Tennessee Pledge and working to ensure overnight Lodge guests have a safe and pleasant experience. We have made a few changes to our processes to make this possible during your stay:

Room Cleaning Procedures. In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State of Tennessee COVID-19 Guidelines, Policies and Procedures, we will not be servicing lodge rooms as we traditionally did pre-COVID. Until given further guidance and to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff, we cannot service your room during your stay. However, we will continue to offer the quality service you deserve by providing the traditional amenities that you have come to expect from our Lodge. These include replacement towels, coffee, and other amenities. To receive these amenities, simply call or visit the front desk between the hours of 9am-4pm or ask one of our staff members when you see them. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Lobbies and common spaces. We are adjusting furniture in our common spaces to increase social distancing. We ask that guests bring and wear a mask while in lobbies, foyers, gift shops, etc. We also ask that you follow the CDC’s personal hygiene recommendations when using common spaces.

Dining services. Our restaurants may have adjusted hours and service offerings during your visit. This may include limiting service to takeout only.

Safe outdoor recreation. We have developed general recommendations for all Tennessee State Parks visitors to help control the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you read our Keeping Visitors Healthy information to prepare for a safe and enjoyable visit.

Tennessee State Parks are open. Park hours may vary from normal operations in response to COVID-19. Certain parks or areas of parks may close if they reach capacity. Events may have limited capacity. 

Please Note: Masks are required inside all state park facilities. For more information about this and other guidelines, please see our Keeping Visitors Healthy page to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Tennessee State Parks are open for day-use visitors and overnight guests. We do provide travel tips and FAQs for those wishing to visit our parks. Availability of inventory for online booking may be lower than normal as the park pursues social distancing. 

Certain parks or areas of parks may close if they reach capacity. Events may have limited capacity. Park hours may vary from normal operations in response to COVID-19.

Please Note: Masks are required inside all state park facilities. For more information about this and other guidelines, please see our Keeping Visitors Healthy page to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

The city of Clarksville will close Dunbar Cave Road just in front of the park, in order to replace a badly damaged bridge. This closure is expected to last 45 days.

This will result in the park being inaccessible from the direction of Exit 8/Dunbar Cave Rd. coming from I-24.

From I-24. Take Exit 4, and follow Wilma Rudolph Boulevard west to Dunbar Cave Road. Turn left on Dunbar Cave Road.

From downtown Clarksville: Take Wilma Rudolph Boulevard and turn right on Dunbar Cave Road.

06-01-2020: The Head of Sequatchie is open Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.
Directions/Details or call 423-566-2229 (M-F 8am to 4:30pm ET).  

The Visitor Center and the park office will be closed on Nov. 26, Dec. 24-25, and Dec. 31-Jan 1. Happy Holidays!

This alert is in effect from November 01, 2020 until January 02, 2021.

The Homestead Harvest Restaurant is closed until spring 2021. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you are looking for dining or meal options at the park, here are a few suggestions:

  1. The snack bar at the Cumberland Mountain State Park golf course is open daily from 8AM to 4PM Central Time (CT). Hours of operation are weather dependent. Visitors can place to go orders at 931-707-1551. 
  2. The camp store at Cumberland Mountain State Park is located between the park office and the campground. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30AM to 6:00PM CT. It offers snacks, drinks and other necessities. 
  3. The local community has a variety of restaurants within a few miles of the park. 

This alert is in effect from August 13, 2020 until further notice.

Long Hunter State Park will be closed December 12th - 19th to conduct a Resource Management Project.

Park visitors will still have access to the **Day Loop Trail and the Volunteer Trail off of  Bakers Grove Road**

The shared parking lot for the Day Loop Trail and the Volunteer Trail is small and social distancing is still strongly encouraged. If the lot becomes over-crowded, the Day Loop Trail and the Volunteer Trail will be closed temporarily.

For trail information please visit our website www.tnstateparks.com, the official Facebook page for Long Hunter State Park, or call the park office at 615-885-2422.

Please review a map of Long Hunter State Park for reference.

This alert is in effect from December 12, 2020 until December 19, 2020.

Anyone participating in a program, event, tour, etc. at a park must bring and wear a mask. 

  • Weekdays: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Weekends: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Public Notice June 19: All trails north of Pilot Knob  at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park are closed due to damage from a tornado. Thank you for your patience.

The Inn at Paris Landing, which included the Riverboat Restaurant, is closed for rebuild. The closure of this facility is in preparation for the construction of a new inn and restaurant on the premises. Visit this page to learn more about the closure.

Public Notice: Please excuse our dust while some parts of the visitor center are under renovation through January 2020. Everyone is welcome to tour other areas inside the building. 


 

PUBLIC NOTICE May 14, 2020: The trails at Mousetail Landing are currently closed due to storm damage. We recently had a wind storm and there are numerous trees down on our hiking trails. We are working on the situation. Thank you for your patience while we clean up.

The Restaurant at Henry Horton is temporarily closed until mid-2021. The park is in the process of constructing and opening a brand new restaurant facility. This is an exciting new chapter in the park's history, and will provide a quality dining experience for visitors and the community.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please be aware that the Roan Mountain campsites were recently renumbered as of 1/8/2021.  If you are a frequent visitor to the campground or have an upcoming camping reservation, you may notice that the numbers online may no longer be the same as you are familiar with or that you originally booked.  While you'll still be staying at the campsite you reserved, it will have a new number.  View new campsite numbers here.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFO: Please note swimming or wading is not permitted downstream of the Powerhouse at any time, regardless of water releases. Check TVA’s website for water release information and dam safety data at: www.tva.gov/Environment/Lake-Levels/Great-Falls.

Please read the text below about the Caney Fork River Gorge and Safety Information prior to visiting the park. 

The C Street bathhouse in the South Campground is currently closed and there is no longer a dishing washing station for camping guests. We apologize for the inconvenience.

South Cumberland State Park is seeing high-impact visitation patterns at Foster Falls, Greeter Falls and the Grundy Forest Trailheads. Visitors should please conduct themselves in responsible manners when visiting these areas:

  • If no parking spaces are available, please choose a different destination. Parking along the sides of the roads and in undesignated areas is prohibited. 
  • Carry in what you carry out. Litter destroys the natural environments for which the park was created to preserve. 
  • Please stay on the trail and avoid cliff jumping and other risky behaviors.

This alert is in effect from June 12, 2020 until further notice.

**ATTENTION CAMPERS: If you are traveling with a trailer or RV, please use Hwy. 52 to Hwy. 136, due to inaccessibility to RVs from the south entrance of the park. 

Public Notice: Swimming is not allowed at Burgess Falls State Park and Natural Area. 

May 28, 2020: Sycamore Shoals is closing the Visitorcs Center & restrooms daily for lunch and cleaning between the hours of 11:30AM - 1:30PM EST.

May 28, 2020: The basketball courts remain closed. This is in accordance with state and local protocols regarding basketball courts and COVID-19. Guests may still utilize the hiking trails at the park by parking at the visitor’s center. 

Crockett's Mill's last day open is 12/20/2020 and our first day back will be 1/22/2021. Seasons Greetings everyone!

The gift shop at Pinson Mounds will be temporarily closed for remodeling and renovations starting on January 7, 2021. 

Jan. 13, 2021: The scenic loop will be closed on Saturday, January, 16th until 1 PM for a race. We will reopen it as soon as they're done!

The Wheeler Farm and Prater Place Areas of the park will have resource management closures between now and April. Please contact the park for updated trail closures.

NOTICE March 14: Tims Ford State Park Swimming Pool will be closed for the 2020 season due to a maintenance issue. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you next year!

July 29, 2019: The Overflow Campground and Recreation Building will be closed for renovations starting January 2020. We anticipate the projects to take 7 months and 14 months respectively. Please contact the park office for more information at 423 239-8531.

Norris Dam State Park West Campground, located at the west entrance on Andrew’s Ridge Road, will close on November 1st for the water tower replacement project. This project will start on November 2nd and is slated to be completed by the end of April 2021. The west campground will reopen for the summer of 2021.

This alert is in effect from November 01, 2020 until March 01, 2021.