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Most Tennessee State Parks will reopen April 24 for day-use visitors Tennessee State Parks are currently closed through April 23, 2020. This is a complete closure of trails, facilities, and access to all Tennessee State Parks and Designated State Natural Areas. Closures through April 23 include: Trails and Scenic Overlooks Public Restrooms and Bathhouses Parking Lots Picnic Areas and Picnic Shelters Playgrounds Open areas, fields, forests, and all undeveloped areas Boat Ramps managed by Tennessee State Parks Visitor Centers Park Offices Assembly Halls or Recreational Buildings Marinas Camper Check-Ins Seasonal Operations Leased Operations

MOST TENNESSEE STATE PARKS REOPENING FOR DAY USERS APRIL 24, 2020 Most Tennessee State Parks will open for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset starting April 24, 2020. 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. The following parks will remain temporarily closed after April 24, 2020: Cummins Falls State Park Seven Islands State Birding Park Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park Additional parks or areas of parks could be closed when the capacity is reached. TIPS FOR DAY-USE VISITORS This day-use opening will allow local visitors the chance to enjoy hiking, cycling and other outdoor recreation. We have implemented policies designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we will monitor all aspects of the issue to ensure continued safety. We urge the public to help us keep our state parks open by doing their part to stay apart, by maintaining proper social distancing and personal hygiene. Here are a few tips and instructions for day-use visitors: Don’t visit if you’re sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of separation between you and other visitors. Don’t travel long distances to visit state parks. Look for parks that are a short drive from your house. Don’t visit crowded areas. If parks are full, consider coming back at a different time. Consider coming earlier in the day to allow for plenty of time if an area is full and you need to adjust your plans. Tennessee State Parks may limit access to certain parks or areas if capacity is reached. Only park in designated areas. Please do not park along the shoulders of roads. If a parking area is full, please adjust your plans and find another area to visit. Follow all park rules and regulations. You can find our rules and regulations here. We especially ask that you stay on trail and not enter areas that are closed or restricted. Plan ahead. Understand if a park or area of the park you plan to visit is open or closed. Specific details on which parks will reopen will be available on the COVID-19 Closures page later this week. Bring everything you will need to have a safe and enjoyable day in the park. Here are a few specific points for planning: Closed buildings. Remember that many buildings will still be closed during your visit. It’s important to bring your own snacks, water and hand sanitizer. Restrooms. Some restrooms may be open, but many will remain closed. Even if restrooms are open, we ask that you help us keep them clean and practice appropriate personal hygiene in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations. Masks. We recommend that you bring a mask and wear it when around other people. Pack out your trash. When it’s time to leave, please clean up after yourselves. Carry out any trash or dispose of it in the appropriate containers. Contact Information. If you need to reach our staff, or need assistance from our rangers, you will find signage posted on Visitor Center doors. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED All park cabins, lodges, group overnight facilities, and campgrounds are closed through April 30. At this time, upcoming reservations will be honored for arrivals beginning on May 1. Online reservations will remain available for trips with arrival dates after May 15th. GOLF COURSES TN Golf Trail courses are reopening April 24 and have implemented a few best practices to increase social distancing and combat the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should have a tee time in advance. You may call ahead to reserve a tee time. Walkup players may be accepted depending on availability. Practice areas and clubhouses will be closed. Please be advised that restrooms could be closed. We will not provide water coolers or sand bottles on the course. We ask that you avoid common touch points during play. Our staff will let you know of any additional rules or changes upon arrival. If you have questions, please call the particular course you wish to visit. Find a course GROUP GUESTS 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 30 will be fully refunded. At this time, rentable facilities with prior reservations after May 1 will be honored. EVENTS IN THE PARKS All park-hosted events of 10 or more people are cancelled through May 15. Tennessee State Parks will allow park-hosted and private events of 10 or fewer people beginning May 1. This is in accordance with recommendations from the CDC. 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. RESOURCES Looking for more information about the coronavirus? Here are a few resources to help: Centers for Disease Control Tennessee Department of Health

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