State parks set to reopen in Tennessee Friday with social distancing policies in place

Tennessee State Parks announced plans to reopen most of its 56 state parks Friday for day-use only.
“We are eager to serve once again but we urge Tennesseans to continue to practice physical distancing when visiting parks,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “We have implemented policies designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we will monitor all aspects of the issue to ensure safety among visitors and our staff.” Details on specific parks are forthcoming on tnstateparks.com.
While the parks are reopening, social distancing guidelines should still apply. Tennessee State Parks encourages the following for anyone considering a visit:
  • Stay at home if you are sick or do not feel well.
  • Maintain at least six 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.