COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

Alerts

Due to the rising water of Center Hill Lake, Edgar Evins State Park will be closing all boat ramps and all trails except for the Evins Ridge Trail until the waters recede. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you when our trails and boat ramps open again.

This alert is in effect from January 04, 2021 until further notice.

April 19: Due to recent flooding, the Sandbar/ Beach Pavilion is closed until further notice. Please do not enter closed areas as we work to get them reopened.

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.

Feb 18, 2021: Cabin rental availability at certain parks may be lower than normal due to frozen pipes brought on by the recent winter storm. Parks will contact overnight guests with upcoming reservations if the rented cabin is impacted. 

Parks include

  • Norris Dam
  • Pickwick Landing
  • Reelfoot Lake
  • Standing Stone

Tennessee State Parks are open. Please see our Keeping Visitors Healthy page to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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

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. 

Please see our Keeping Visitors Healthy page to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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

5-14-2021: Laurel-Snow State Natural is temporairly closed due to an active search and rescue. Camping is closed at this time. It will be announced at https://facebook.com/cumberlandtrailsst when the area is open again. 

3-18-2021: Due to some enivornmental 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. 

Starting Monday, April 5th, we will be expanding our sidewalks in our campgrounds! This will affect our Lower and Middle Bathhouses; we will be providing porta potties and we may experience power shutoffs for a couple of days during the week. Please excuse the construction, and we apologize for any inconvenience! 

This alert is in effect from May 04, 2021 until further notice.

3-29-21: Harpeth River State Park is closed due to flooding. Please check here before visiting the park.

The fuel dock is temporally closed until the completion of the capital project for a new dock. 

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).  

3-29-21: Indian Mountain State Park has experienced flooding. Please check with the park for more information. 

Lodges

Tennessee State Parks operate several hotel properties across the state. These Lodges at Tennessee State Parks are taking the Tennessee Pledge and working to ensure overnight Lodge guests have a safe and pleasant experience. We ask that you read our Keeping Visitors Healthy information to prepare for your visit.

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

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

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is currently updating our dump station. The work will take a few weeks and the dump station will be intermittently unavailable until approximately June 2, 2021.

The west campground is closed for a capital project. It will re-open on Thursday, April 22nd. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This alert is in effect from April 14, 2021 until April 22, 2021.

Please note that a few campsites at Old Stone Fort State Park have been renamed and renumbered beginning in February 2021. Previous site 42 has been removed and replaced with a parking area. Sites that were previously numbered 43-51 on the map are now numbered 42-50. If you have any questions about a specific site number, please contact the Park Office.

Due to numerous maintenance issues and safety concerns, the Maple Arch Trail has been closed to the public until further notice. This closure is expected to continue until early to mid-fall 2021 as park staff complete extensive repairs on the trail. We appreciate your patience as we work over the next several months to restore the Maple Arch Trail to a condition that is safe and pleasurable for our visitors. Please be aware the Hunt Knob Trail remains open to horseback riders.

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

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. 


 

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.

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 Smallman Shelter and Picnic Area 2 restroom facilities are currently out of order. There are currently no restroom facilities available to the public at the overlook area. Restrooms are available adjacent to the Spoone Shelter, playground, and visitor center.

Maintenance staff members are working diligently to repair and reopen the Smallman Shelter and Picnic Area 2 restrooms but the facilities are closed until further notice. We appreciate your patience as park staff works hard to repair and restore these facilities to public use. 
 

3/30/21: The Mill Creek foot bridge was damaged during recent floods. This bridge affects the ability to complete the Lake Trail hike. Hikers will face knee deep water if attempting to cross while the bridge is damaged. Staff recommend not attempting to cross until the bridge is repaired. 

**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. 

Crockett's Mill Restaurant's last day open is 12/20/2020 and our first day back will be 1/29/2021.

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

  • The Lower Loop Trail from Campsite 1-Campsite 2

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.