COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

Alerts

10-14-21: Heavy rains brought severe flooding to Fall Creek Falls State Park. While most of our trails are open, there is damage and downed trees to the majority of our trail system. We are doing our best to repair and rebuild but it will take some time. The following trails remain closed:

UPPER LOOP

LOWER LOOP

WOODLAND/GORGE TRAIL CONNECTION TO FALL CREEK FALLS

Additionally, 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. 

9-30-21: The boat dock operation will be open on Saturdays and Sundays 8 AM CT to 6 PM CT in October. The dock will be closed on October 9 and 10. Those wishing to launch a personal watercraft can still do so. Please visit the park office to pay the launch fee. We appreciate your patience and hope you still find time to enjoy the outdoors.

The lower campground bathhouse will be closed to park guests Monday, October 25th through Wednesday, October 27th as crews work to install an HVAC system in the building.

The upper campground bathhouse will be closed to park guests Monday, November 1st through Wednesday, November 3rd while an HVAC system is installed in that building.

We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to perform these upgrades for the comfort and benefit of our guests.

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.

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. 

All Golf facilities will be closed the following dates during the off season:

  • Nov. 1-5    Aeration
  • Nov. 25     Thanksgiving Day
  • Dec. 6-8    Wounded Warrior Benefit
  • Dec. 23-25   Christmas
  • Dec. 31-Jan1   New Year

All golf facilities will reopen Jan. 2, 2022, weather permitting.

Gee Creek Campground at Hiwassee Ocoee State Park is a primitive campground.  As such, effective June 1, 2021, the use of generators will no longer be allowed.

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

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. 

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.

The park overlook area will be closed to the public on Saturday, October 23rd, and Sunday, October 24th while renovations are completed on the Lake Observation Deck. The area will reopen to the public on the morning of Monday, October 25th. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the safety and accessibility of the Lake Observation Deck.

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.

2021-8-5: Please be aware that the museum is currently under construction, but is still open to the public. There is a front and back entrance to the museum. At various times one may be closed, so please use the other to enter. Thank you for your patience while we make these improvements!

The Restaurant at Henry Horton is temporarily closed until late 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. 

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.  

Grassland habitats are beautiful but typically offer little relief from the sun or humidity. Please come prepared and take precautions. Wear protective clothing, apply sunscreen, and take frequent breaks, visiting during the early morning or evening is preferable, mid-day sun on asphalt is really hot on your pet's paws.

Water helps keep you cool. Bring enough for you, your children, and pets. Water fountains are located at the restrooms.

If you or someone in your group may be experiencing heat stroke or heat exhaustion, find some shade and call 911.

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. 
 

**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.

SWIMMING

The pool at Tims Ford State Park will remain closed for the 2021 summer season, in the interest of public health and staff safety. 

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
  • Chinquapin Ridge Trail
  • Piney Mountain Bike Trail
  • The Connector from the Nature Center to Fall Creek Falls. You can access the base of the Falls Trail and Woodland/Gorge Trails but the connection is out. 

Cabins are currently experiencing a wifi and cable outage. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the park's wireless connection.