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Travel Safely to Tennessee's National Parks
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Travel Safely to Tennessee's National Parks

Stay updated as national parks, historic sites, recreation areas and more cautiously reopen.

Enjoy  the scenic beauty and adventure in Tennessee. Stay updated on what's accessible at the state's national parks, recreation areas, military parks and historic sites. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. 

East Tennessee

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area has increased recreational access to trails and backcountry camping.  Bandy Creek Stables and Camp Store are reopened and Charit Creek Lodge moved into its second phase of reopening on June 1, allowing overnight guests.  The Station Camp Campground is also open. Blue Heron Campground, Bear Creek Horse Camp and Alum Ford Campground are opening Thursday, June 11. 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, visitor centers remain closed at this time. Read more.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park  began a phased reopening May 9. Many roads and trails reopened to the public. Cades Cove Campground, Sugarlands Visitor Center and Backcountry Information Office, Anthony Creek Horse Camp, Cades Cove Visitor Center, Cable Mill, Abrams Creek Road, Forge Creek Road, Rich Mountain Road, Clingmans Dome Visitor Center and Great Smoky Mountains Association Bookstores are now open as well. Park managers will continue to examine each facility function and service provided as well as with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and work spaces are safe and clean for all users.  Read more.

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

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.

Middle Tennessee

Stones River National Battlefield

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.

West Tennessee

Shiloh National Military Park

Shiloh National Military Park has opened access to the Visitor Center parking area, Visitor Centers, restroom in the parking area, picnic area and restroom. The Shiloh Battlefield, National Cemetery, Shiloh Indian Mounds National  Historic Landmark, trails and tour roads are also open. 

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