LIST: Which Tennessee state parks reopen April 24

Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Most Tennessee state parks reopened Friday for day-use only as state officials work to reopen the state and economy in phases amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Earlier this week, Gov. Bill Lee announced the expiration of the statewide safer-at-home order for April 30. Soon after, Tennessee State Parks announced the reopening of most of its parks, with regard to keeping some restrictions due to COVID-19.

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Earlier this month, Tennessee State Parks had extended the closure of all 56 state parks beyond April 14 as officials at the state Department of Environment and Conservation continued to monitor health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19.

Tennessee State Parks said on its website the effort to reopen most of its parks will come with restrictions in order to keep visitors healthy, such as the day-use visitation being between 7 a.m. and sunset.

Park officials also advised that visitors should go only to state parks that are near their homes.

Here’s the list:

  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall
  • Big Cypress Tree
  • Big Hill Pond
  • Big Ridge
  • Bledsoe Creek
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Burgess Falls
  • Cedars of Lebanon
  • Chickasaw
  • Cordell Hull Birthplace
  • Cove Lake
  • Cumberland Mountain
  • Cumberland Trail
  • David Crockett
  • David Crockett Birthplace
  • Dunbar Cave
  • Edgar Evins
  • Fall Creek Falls
  • Fort Loudon
  • Fort Pillow
  • Frozen head
  • Harpeth River
  • Harrison Bay
  • Henry Horton
  • Hiwassee/Ocoee
  • Indian Mountain
  • Johnsonville
  • Long Hunter
  • Meeman-Shelby Forest
  • Montgomery Bell
  • Mousetail Landing
  • Natchez Trace
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Norris Dam
  • Old Stone Fort
  • Panther Creek
  • Paris Landing
  • Pickett
  • Pickwick Landing
  • Pinson Mounds
  • Port Royal
  • Radnor Lake
  • Red Clay
  • Reelfoot Lake
  • Roan Mountain
  • Rock Island
  • Sgt. Alvin C. York
  • South Cumberland
  • Standing Stone
  • Sycamore Shoals
  • T.O. Fuller
  • Tims Ford
  • Warriors’ Path

The parks that will not be reopening on Friday are:

  • Cummins Falls State Park
  • Seven Islands State Birding Park (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park

With these reopenings, the public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. 

Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places.

What to know about visiting a Tennessee state park these days

When considering a visit, the state encourages the following:

  • Stay at home if you are sick or do not feel well.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and other visitors.
  • Visit parks that are only a short distance from your home.
  • Consider visiting earlier in the day so you can adjust plans if a park is full. Tennessee State Parks may limit access to certain parks or areas if capacity is reached.
  • Plan ahead. Many Tennessee State Parks buildings will be closed. Plan to bring your own snacks, water and hand sanitizer.
  • Prepare for limited or no bathroom access. Some restrooms remain open, but many will not.
  • Consider bringing a mask and wearing it when around other people.
  • Carry your trash with you or dispose of it in the appropriate containers to help keep our cleaning staff safe and our parks litter-free.

Overcrowding may cause entire parks or portions of parks to close again.

Facilities and gathering areas, including pavilions and playgrounds, will remain closed. Cabins, lodges, restaurants, campgrounds, and group camps remain closed. For up-to-date information on park closure please visit www.tnstateparks.com.

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