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. 

Updated April 24, 2020: While our course has reopened for play, we have implemented a few best practices to increase social distancing and to combat the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should have a tee time in advance. You may call ahead to reserve a tee time. Walkup players may be accepted depending on availability. Practice areas and some clubhouses will be closed. Please be advised that restrooms could be closed. We will not provide water coolers or sand bottles on the course. We ask that you avoid common touch points during play. Our staff will let you know of any additional rules or changes upon arrival. If you have questions, please call our course. 

This alert is in effect from April 24, 2020 until further notice.

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.

Statewide Alert (effective August 10, 2020): Visitors are required to wear a mask in any state park facility staffed by employees or where the general public may congregate.  This includes park offices, visitor centers, stores, nature centers, restrooms or while touring any indoor facility being considered for rent.  If visitors do not have a mask, parks will maintain a small amount of paper masks to provide to a visitor for their use. Any park rental facility- including cabins, Lodge rooms, campsites, picnic shelters, group facilities, etc. - are considered as having “restricted use” and will be the responsibility of the party renting that facility.  It is recommended that they follow all CDC recommendations and guidelines regarding social distancing and mask wearing.

Visitors are required to follow the mask ordinances of the county they are in, or the park rules listed above, whichever are more stringent.

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.

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.

June 10, 2020: Burgess Falls State Park and Natural Area is seeing high visitation and has limited capacity. Some areas may be closed to additional vehicles once maximum capacity is reached for the day. Please plan to visit during the week when visitation is a bit lower. 

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. Maps and hiking planning info are available at www.cumberlandtrail.guide.

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. 

9-16-2020: The Stinging Fork SNA Trailhead and Trail is closed effective 9/15/2020 with a completion date not known (but expected soon). Please call the Cumberland Trail Main Office at 423-566-2229 M-F 8am-4:30pm ET to check on the status of the closure before making any trips to the area or check our Interactive Map

09-14-2020: Daddy’s Creek Trailhead: is being upgraded and will be closed Monday, September 21 with an expected re-opening date of Saturday, September 26, 2020.

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 www.cumberlandtrail.guide - 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

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.

Fall Spooktacular at Fall Creek Falls State Park is going to be canceled this year due to Covid-19.

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).  

Wi-Fi is currently Out of Service in our Campground due to a storm knocking the router out. We are in the process of getting it replaced. Please be patient with us.

Wi-Fi is available at our Conference Center beside Park Headquarters. Exit the Campground and turn left. Take the third road to your right; the Conference Center is located at the top of the hill on the left. Wi-Fi Password will be located on the bulletin board to the right of the game room entrance.
 

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. We will not clean rooms during your stay unless you specifically request the service. We will require guests who request service to leave the room during cleaning to ensure proper social distancing. Staff can deliver fresh towels, blankets, linens, amenities, and remove trash upon request.

Maintenance Issues. We will respond to maintenance issues during your visit. We simply ask that you leave the room during the time period when service is conducted to ensure proper social distancing.

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.

June 1, 2020 Update: The park is open for day-use visitors from 7AM to sunset. Please follow the guidelines on our Keeping Visitors Healthy page to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

If Rocky Fork State Park is full, consider coming back at a different time. Consider coming earlier in the day to allow for plenty of time if an area is full and you need to adjust your plans. Tennessee State Parks may limit access to certain parks or areas if capacity is reached.

Public Notice Sept. 18, 2020:  The third phase of renovations are underway. The following areas are closed until January 2021. 

  • Lake Woodhaven Spillway
  • Lake Woodhaven Picnic Area
  • Lake Woodhaven Boat Launch: OPEN

For further questions, please contact the Park Office at 615-797-9052.

June 2020: Many areas of the park are experiencing full capacity and may be temporarily closed for short periods of time, especially on the weekends. If an area is full, please consider visiting a different section of the park.

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

  • Weekdays: 7 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.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE JULY 23: The Restaurant at Pickwick Landing is temporarily closed while we make upgrades. We expect to open late summer. Also, the indoor and outdoor pools are closed indefinitely. Thank you for your patience while we make these improvements.

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.

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. 

The campground at Old Stone Fort will be closed until October 16, 2020 for upgrades to our electrical service and bathhouse. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Public Notice: The restaurant is closed while we renovate and the indoor and outdoor pools are closed indefinitely. Thank you for your patience while we make these improvements.

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.