The TCEC announced Friday it will close all 56 Tennessee state parks and state-owned state natural areas starting Saturday. This includes the South Cumberland State Park. Additionally, Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady announced yesterday that all city parks in Grundy County, as well as the ATV trails and parking areas, are closed.
Parks will be closed to the public through April 14.
The move is a complete closure of facilities and access to all Tennessee State Parks and Designated State Natural Areas.
“We decided to close the parks in support of Gov. Lee’s Executive Order 23,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “The health and safety of Tennessee citizens is all of our top priority right now.”
Tennessee State Parks officials said they will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.
All State Park Trails & Public Spaces Temporarily Closed
All trails and public spaces are closed. This is includes:
- Trails and Scenic Overlooks
- Public Restrooms and Bathhouses
- Parking Lots
- Picnic Areas and Picnic Shelters
- Open areas, fields, forests, and all undeveloped areas
- Boat Ramps managed by Tennessee State Parks
- Visitor Centers
- Park Offices
- Assembly Halls or Recreational Buildings
- Camper Check-Ins
- Seasonal Operations
- Leased Operations
Overnight Accommodations Temporarily Closed
All park cabins, lodges, group overnight facilities, and campgrounds are closed through April 14. At this time, upcoming reservations between April 15 and April 30 will be honored. Online reservations will remain available for trips with check-in dates after April 30th.
If you are a group planner, we encourage you to communicate directly with the park at which you have planned your event. This will allow park staff to work directly with you and answer logistical questions pertaining to your particular event. Parks can assist groups with rebooking to a date later in the year. Rentable facilities (like shelters and pavilions) with reservations between now and April 14 will be fully refunded. At this time, rentable facilities with prior reservations between April 15 and April 30 will be honored.
Park-hosted Event Cancellations
Tennessee State Parks are canceling all park-hosted events through April 15. We do apologize for any inconvenience this poses to you. If you purchased a ticket to a paid event, we are working diligently to cancel and process refunds in our reservation system. As always, thank you for choosing to support Tennessee State Parks.