COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

Alerts

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

All Golf Facilities will be closed March 8-10 for Spring aeration, we will reopen March 11 weather permitting.

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 March 15, 2021 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.

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.

This alert is in effect from January 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. 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.

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

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. 

Feb. 28: The Spring Creek Camping Area is closed due to high water. We will remove this alert when the water recedes.

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).  

The Homestead Harvest Restaurant is closed until spring 2021. We apologize for this inconvenience. Park visitors will provide a large selection of dining options in the local community within a few miles of the park. 

This alert is in effect from August 13, 2020 until further notice.

Lodges

Tennessee State Parks operate several hotel properties across the state. The Lodges at 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. In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State of Tennessee COVID-19 Guidelines, Policies and Procedures, we will not be servicing lodge rooms as we traditionally did pre-COVID. Until given further guidance and to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff, we cannot service your room during your stay. However, we will continue to offer the quality service you deserve by providing the traditional amenities that you have come to expect from our Lodge. These include replacement towels, coffee, and other amenities. To receive these amenities, simply call or visit the front desk between the hours of 9am-4pm or ask one of our staff members when you see them. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

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.

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

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

Public Notice Jan 2021: Chestnut Hollow Trail is closed due to tornado damage. Thank you for your patience as we address these issues. 

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 Spoone Pavilion, Smallman Pavilion and upper bathrooms near the Overlook will be closed for the winter beginning November 19, 2020 due to the potential for water freezing.

This alert is in effect from November 19, 2020 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.

Please be aware that the Roan Mountain campsites were recently renumbered as of 1/8/2021.  If you are a frequent visitor to the campground or have an upcoming camping reservation, you may notice that the numbers online may no longer be the same as you are familiar with or that you originally booked.  While you'll still be staying at the campsite you reserved, it will have a new number.  View new campsite numbers here.

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. 

**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 Wheeler Farm and Prater Place Areas of the park will have resource management closures until April. Please contact the park for updated trail closures.

This alert is in effect from January 05, 2021 until March 31, 2021.

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

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.