Tennessee State Parks urge residents to visit only nearby parks, announce operational changes

 Tennessee State Parks urge residents to visit only nearby parks, announce operational changes

In an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19, the Tennessee State Parks system is encouraging residents not to travel and visit only their nearby parks.

The park system is also announcing a series of operational changes effective today.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson says today through April 10th, Tennessee State Parks will transition to day-use schedules for all 56 state parks, opening daily from 7:00 to 6:00.

During this period, all public gathering spaces such as visitor centers, shelters and playgrounds at state parks will be closed as well as parks cabins, lodges, and campgrounds.

Bryson says golf courses and clubhouses in the parks will also be closed and restaurants, cafes and bars will remain closed until at least April 10th.