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Tennessee Travel Amid Coronavirus

Tennessee Travel Amid Coronavirus

Tips on healthy traveling.

When the time is right, we look forward to welcoming you with Tennessee’s famous, warm hospitality. 

Health and safety is our No. 1 priority for Tennesseans and visitors alike. Because of the progress we’ve made in mitigating the spread of coronavirus, the state is following a multi-phase reopening approach. Many businesses - including restaurants, retail and some attractions - are now able to reopen with strong precautions in place to protect guests. For more information on the safety precautions businesses are encouraged to follow, visit TNpledge.com. Stay informed about the spread of coronavirus in Tennessee. Information is updated daily on the Tennessee Department of Health’s dedicated website.

Visitors should consult the CDC’s travel recommendations and understand the risk beforehand. There are currently no travel restrictions in Tennessee. We ask visitors to work with us as a community and protect the progress we’ve made by maintaining healthy habits, including:

•    Stay home when feeling ill
•    Wash or sanitize hands regularly
•    Wear a cloth face covering
•    Practice social distancing

You can also explore “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” through a number of virtual attractions and live experiences.

Residents and visitors should consult the CDC’s travel recommendations, practice social distancing and understand the risk beforehand.

Events

Many festivals and events have been cancelled or postponed. Please check the event website or contact event organizer to confirm details.

Tennessee Welcome Centers

With the exception of one, all 16 Tennessee Welcome Centers are now open with onsite staff equipped with additional cleaning and sanitization processes in place, appropriate personal protective equipment are worn by staff and sneeze guards have been installed for extra precaution.  Tennessee Welcome Center staff are gradually putting out brochures in racks at welcome center to help educate new and returning visitors of attractions, restaurants, hotels and more that can be found across the state.

Tennessee’s National Parks, Recreation Areas, Military Parks and Historic Sites

Great Smoky Mountains National Park  began a phased reopening May 9. Many roads and trails reopened to the public. Park managers will examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. Park managers will also continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for all users. While many areas will be accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. Read more.

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is increasing recreational access to trails and backcountry camping. The National Park Service is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. With public health in mind, restroom facilities, campgrounds, Charit Creek Lodge, Bandy Creek Stables, and visitor centers remain closed at this time. Read more.

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park began a phased reopening May 15.  All roads, picnic areas and most foot traffic trails open. Access remains restricted for the Visitors Center, Point Park, Sunset Rock and Signal Point. Guests are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines for the safety of visitors and dedicated National Park Service staff. Read more.

Stones River National Battlefield has opened trails connecting to the Stones River Greenway and the visitor center parking lot. Access to the Visitor Center Parking Lot will be through the Old Nashville Highway entrance from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parking is limited to 31 paved spaces and strictly enforced. The following facilities remain closed at this time: Visitor Center and restrooms; vehicle access to Tour Road (including Thompson Lane entrance); Stones River National Cemetery parking; Hazen Brigade Monument parking; and McFadden Farm unit parking.

Shiloh National Military Park will begin a phased reopening May 29 with access to the Visitor Center parking area, restroom in the parking area, picnic area and restroom. The Shiloh Battlefield, National Cemetery, Shiloh Indian Mounds National  Historic Landmark, trails and tour roads continue to be open. The Visitor Center remains closed at this time. 

Tennessee State Parks

All Tennessee State Parks, and most park facilities, have reopened. All operations are open with occupancy and usage limits, unless otherwise noted. Signage throughout the parks will encourage proper social distancing and provide information about the cleaning standards for particular facilities or spaces. Most overnight accommodations - campsites, cabins, Lodges, etc.- are open. Online reservations are available, but online inventory may be lower than normal as social distancing is enhanced.  Visit their website for more information and updates.

Tornadoes

Tennessee experienced an EF-3 tornado on April 12, 2020 in the Southeast Tennessee region.  The state also experienced EF-3 and EF-4 tornadoes on March 3, 2020 in in the Middle and West Tennessee region. Recovery efforts in these areas are ongoing.

Resources

It’s important to remember, coronavirus doesn’t target specific populations of racial or ethnic backgrounds. For the latest travel guidance, prevention tips and information about coronavirus in Tennessee, visit