COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy


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.

NOTICE 06-19-2020: The boardwalk is currently closed due to damage. We anticipate reopening in a month and will remove this alert at that time. Thank you for your patience while we make these repairs.

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.

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

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. 

Beginning June 3, 2019, Cumberland Mountain State Park will have a CCC Cabin Renovation Project. The following cabins will be closed: 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, Millhouse, and Coon Hollow. Additionally, cabins 1, 3, and 4 will be closed starting in the fall. The project should be completed in June 2020. Thank you for your patience during this time. We look forward to being able to provide renovated facilities for your improved customer experience!

There is currently no internet or television service in the cabins at Cumberland Mountain State Park due to construction projects. There is internet available in the campground areas. 

04-20-2020: 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 - 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

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

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.

Tennessee State Parks are open for day-use visitors and overnight guests. Park hours may vary from normal operations in response to COVID-19. 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. 

Please follow the guidelines on 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 follow the guidelines on our Keeping Visitors Healthy page to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Public Notice Nov. 22, 2019:  The 2nd Phase Reconstruction of the Lake Woodhaven Spillway will begin January 1, 2020. The following areas will be closed until Labor Day 2020. 

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

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. 

Construction Announcement: The Inn at Montgomery Bell State Park is undergoing a full renovation. Room are still available to rent. However, the lobby, conference center, and restaurant are closed for renovation. The newly-renovated Lodge at Montgomery Bell is scheduled to open in Spring 2020. Learn more about the project.

Guests can still make reservations to stay at the Inn throughout the renovation period online or by calling the park.


  • The restaurant is closed for renovations. 
  • The indoor pool is now permanently closed.
  • The outdoor pool reopened Memorial Day Weekend 2020 for Lodge and Cabin guests only.

Thank you for your patience while we make these improvements.

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

The boardwalk is closed until further notice due to flooding. We apologize for this inconvenience and will update this alert when the boardwalk reopens. 

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 Announcement: The Inn at Pickwick Landing State Park is undergoing a full renovation beginning September 2019. Renovations will happen in phases, beginning with the rooms and moving to the common spaces. The newly-renovated Lodge at Pickwick Landing is scheduled to open in Spring 2020. Learn more about the renovation project.

Guests can still make reservations to stay at the Inn throughout the renovation period online or by calling the park.

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 public swimming pool at this state park will remain closed for the 2020 summer season. The decision was made to keep this facility closed in the interest of public health and staff safety. COVID-19 presents unique challenges for managing pools. Pools are confined spaces not conducive to social distancing. The very nature of lifeguarding requires close contact with pool users and creates potential for unnecessary risk in life saving situations. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the next opportunity we have to reopen the pool for your enjoyment.

The public pool at the park will remain closed for maintenance during the 2020 summer season. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to the next opportunity we have to reopen the pool for your enjoyment.

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:

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

Safety Closures in Effect at Rock Island State Park
June 8-July 24

Starting Monday, June 8, both generator units at TVA Great Falls will be out of service. During this time TVA will maintain targeted water levels with active water releases from TVA Great Falls Dam.  The dam will likely be in active spill mode for the entire service period which is predicted to end July 24. Active spill mode is in effect any time water is being released from the dam. Once TVA activates spilling, additional water releases may occur at any time with or without warning. Massive amounts of water may be discharged suddenly affecting conditions for miles downstream. 

For visitor safety, all state park sections of the river gorge below the TVA Dam will be closed during this entire time period.  This closure includes all swimming spots in the river gorge section as well as the Upstream Access Trail & Old Mill Access Trail. Please plan accordingly for these closures and do not attempt to enter closed areas for your safety. The park has also been experiencing very high visitation resulting in limited or no parking being available, especially on weekends, so have alternate plans available. Please do not park on roadsides or in non-designated spots to avoid having your vehicle towed. Park staff suggest visiting at non-peak hours and avoiding weekends.

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

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 from March 2nd through August 31st 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.