Tennessee State Parks remaining open throughout COVID-19 pandemic


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) —  All 56 of Tennessee’s state parks will remain open as officials continue to monitor the impact of coronavirus COVID-19 in Tennessee.

Tennessee State Parks said the parks are open and free of charge for outdoor recreation

Time outdoors is proven to relieve stress and improve mental and physical health and is a way to maintain social distance. Local and state parks are useful destinations to find solitude in nature and enjoy the outdoors for solo adventurers and small groups alike, the department said in a release.

“Many Tennesseans are going through a stressful time right now, and being outside can help relieve some of that stress and improve our overall well-being,” TDEC Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson said. “At our State Parks, Tennesseans are able to find solace and joy in nature without compromising good public health practices.”

Parks provide opportunities for both adventure-seekers and those looking for relaxation and solitude with open green spaces and miles of trails, individuals and families can explore on their own or establish a safe distance between themselves and others, according to release.

There is a state park within an hour of every Tennessean. For more ideas on park experiences during this time, see here.

Parks are taking recommended precautions to provide a safe environment for staff and visitors while recognizing the need for Tennesseans to practice self-care both mentally and physically.

Tennessee State Parks encourages visitors to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tennessee Department of Health and to use discretion based on personal health needs. For more details about what Tennessee State Parks are doing to help keep visitors healthy, click here.

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