Alerts

10-14-21: Heavy rains brought severe flooding to Fall Creek Falls State Park. Cabins 11-20 were impacted by the flooding. The park is currently assessing the damage and working with guests who have upcoming reservations. We appreciate your patience during the recovery process. 

The Mountain Bike Trail at Mousetail Landing is temporarily closed due to hazardous conditions. We will remove this alert when it opens. 

2022-11-8: The trail to Bunkum Cave is open, but please use caution on the stairwell as park staff are continuing to work on the stairs. Thank you!

2022-12-07: Due to the heavy rains and the rapidly rising creeks, the trail to Virgin Falls from the Scotts Gulf Road Trailhead is closed. Virgin Falls itself is still accessible from the trailhead at Lost Creek. However, caution getting to the Lost Creek Trailhead should also be observed since some of the access roads most likely will soon be covered with water.

For an update on the flooding conditions, visitors can call the Virgin Falls Office at Dog Cove, phone (931)739-6747.  Or call the Virgin Falls Manager Stuart Carroll at (423)414-1510.

The Booker T. Washington State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is approximately 30 years old and visitation is extremely low. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option Booker T. Washington State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

Beginning November 1, 2022, the park will be closing at 4:00pm.

The Cove Lake State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is 72 years old and visitation is down. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option at Cove Lake State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

The Crockett's Mill Restaurant will be closed beginning December 11, 2022. We will remain closed through April 2023 due to remodeling. We apologize for any inconvenience.

3-18-2021: Due to some environmental issues, we are advising no one use Possum Creek at this time. 

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.

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.

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. 

The David Crockett Birthplace State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is 46 years old and visitation is down. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option at David Crockett Birthplace State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

The David Crockett State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, visitation at the pool is down 49 percent over the last 10 years. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option David Crockett State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

ALL GOLF FACILITIES WILL BE CLOSED THE FOLLOWING DATES DURING THE OFF SEASON:

  • Oct. 31-Nov. 4 Aeration
  • Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Day
  • Dec. 6-7 Wounded Warrior Event
  • Dec.23-Jan 1 Seasonal Closure All golf facilities will reopen Jan. 2, 2023, weather permitting

This alert is in effect from January 02, 2023 until further notice.

To get the most direct route to our Park Office when using GPS, please use the park address - 1825 Pilot Knob Road Eva, TN 38333. If you use the park name, it sends you to the back gate which is the long route, depending on your starting point, and there is no cell phone reception. 

Due to damages to some WiFi equipment in the campground, parts of Areas A are without WiFi service at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

The fuel dock is now in operation. The restrooms and pump-out are still closed at this time.

The Harrison Bay State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is 36 years old, visitation is down 19 percent, and swimming is available in the lake. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option Harrison Bay State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

03-25-2021: The Head of Sequatchie is open Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.
Directions/Details or call 423-533-2989 (M-F 8am to 4:30pm ET).  

Winter Closures are as follows:

Henry Horton Lodge - closed December 24 through December 25

The Restaurant at Henry Horton - closed December 18 through December 30

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Our restaurant, Homestead Harvest, will be closing the afternoon of Sunday, December 18, and will reopen on Friday, January 6, 2023.

Savage Gulf State Park has been announced as the newest park in Tennessee’s system. The park includes land formerly managed as part of South Cumberland State Park and the nearly 19,000-acre Savage Gulf State Natural Area. These areas are still open and accessible as usual. Please visit Savage Gulf State Park’s page for more information and park maps. Read the full press release here.

The Lakefront Campground bathrooms are closed for the winter between November 15, 2022 and March 14, 2023. The bathrooms will reopen on March 15, 2023, as weather permits. The campground is still available for rental, but guests will need to be prepared to use the bathrooms at Happy Hollow Campground which include showers. 
 

December Area Closures and Dates:

  • December 2nd through 4th - Volunteer/Day Loop Trails Section
  • December 9th through 11th - Deer, Inland, Couchville Lake, Bryant Grove Trails, Visitor Center, and Long Hunter Boat Ramp
  • December 16th through 18th - Bryant Grove Recreation Area, Jones Mill, Bryant Grove Trail, and Bryant Grove Boat Ramp 

Area closures are due to Resource Management Projects and Trail Reroute Preparations. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we work to boost your park experiences.

The Marker 66 Restaurant at Paris Landing State Park is closed for the season. It will reopen in 2023.

The Lodge and Restaurant at Natchez Trace will be closed beginning Sunday, December 11, 2022, and will reopen on Friday, February 3, 2023. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

The Norris Dam State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is 45 years old, visitation is down 29 percent. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option Norris Dam State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

The Panther Creek State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is 36 years old, visitation is down, lake swimming opportunities exist, and a public splash pad is five miles away. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option Panther Creek State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

Due to numerous maintenance issues and safety concerns, the Maple Arch Trail has been closed to the public indefinitely. We appreciate your patience. Please be aware the Hunt Knob Trail remains open to horseback riders. Thank you!

This alert is in effect from April 01, 2021 until further notice.

The pool at Lodge Paris Landing is open and available to lodge guests between Memorial and Labor Day. However, the park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is 50 years old, visitation is down 50 percent and lake swimming opportunities are available. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option Paris Landing State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

Attention!
On December 6th, 2022 the water level of Arch Lake will be lowered in an effort to control invasive and non-native species that reside in the lake. We plan to restore the water level during the first week of February 2023. Due to the extreme drop in water level, boating and fishing activities will not be practical during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information please contact the Park Office anytime during normal business hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm CST.

The Lodge and Restaurant at Pickwick Landing State Park will be closed from Sunday, December 18, 2022 through Wednesday, December 28, 2022. We will reopen on Thursday, December 29, 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Firewood is not provided for the cabins. It is available for purchase at the park office. If guests choose to bring their own firewood, it must be certified heat-treated. Guest should refrain from bringing untreated wood into the park. Certified heat-treated wood is clearly marked with a state/federal seal.

The Roan Mountain State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is 41 years old, visitation is down, and the park currently lacks adequate lifeguard positions. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option at Roan Mountain State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

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. 

Rock Island State Park is open, but the following alert is important for all visitors

TVA Great Falls Dam and/or the TVA Great Falls Powerhouse may release water on an irregular schedule. Water discharge may change day to day or even hour to hour. All river gorge areas downstream of the TVA Dam are closed when the dam is in Active water spill mode or a discharge is likely for the day. Before planning your visit, please check TVA's website for Great Falls Dam and Powerhouse for the most current water discharge schedule. Visitors are encouraged to check the discharge schedule often. Discharge schedules can change rapidly based on lake levels, rainfall forecasts, etc. Water releases may occur with or without warning any time you are near a TVA dam or powerhouse. Visitors should be prepared for a quick exit should they hear warning sirens or notice water rising. Life jackets and hiking shoes are strongly encouraged in this area.

The park has also seen very high visitation over the last year. Please do not park on roadsides or in non-designated areas. If the park is full, please consider visiting another state park in the area.

Please check the park’s Facebook page for updates before your visit.  

All Savage Gulf State Park reservations can be made through South Cumberland State Park’s reservation site. Existing reservations will be honored.

**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. 

The Restaurant at Montgomery Bell will be closed from December 19, 2022 until January 5, 2023. 

This alert is in effect from December 19, 2022 until January 03, 2023.

The Tims Ford State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is 45 years old, visitation has been in an overall decline, and lake swimming opportunities are available. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option Tims Ford State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

The following trails are closed at Fall Creek Falls until further notice.

  • The entire Lower Loop Trail is permanently closed.

The trails below are closed due to the Oct. 6 flooding. 

  • Upper Loop Trail

The Warriors’ Path State Park pool will not reopen as of Summer, 2022. Unfortunately, the pool is 59 years old, visitation is down, a public pool exists nearby, and swimming in the lake is available. Due to these factors, Tennessee State Parks can no longer justify to Tennessee taxpayers the costs associated with keeping this pool in operation. However, we are excited to have the opportunity to invest in a more fiscally responsible outdoor recreation option at Warriors’ Path State Park that would provide year-round benefits.

Due to the high volume of rain, Window Cliffs State Natural Area is closed. This area consists of crossing the same creek eighteen times and with high precipitation can present a safety hazard. 

This alert is in effect from December 06, 2022 until further notice.

This alert is in effect from until further notice.