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Frequently Asked Questions

 Do you have a complaint, a comment or a question?

If you have a complaint or a comment about a specific park problem or situation, please bring it up with park management. They are held responsible for resolving all discrepancies under their jurisdiction.

If you stay in one of our cabins or inn rooms, we ask you to fill out a comment card. Your comment card is postage paid and preaddressed. All cabins and inn rooms have a comment card that when mailed comes to our Central Office. If you would like to have a blank comment card mailed to you, call us or email us at the contact points below.

If you have a question, comment or general complaint, you can call us at 888-867-2757 or send us an email at [email protected].


How do I make a reservation to camp in a Tennessee State Park?
Currently, there are only three (3) state parks that take camping reservations. They are:
Fall Creek Falls (800-250-8611),
Meeman-Shelby Forest (901-876-5215), and
Rock Island (931-686-2471).
Each of these parks charges a deposit and a reservation fee. Call the individual park for details.

All other state parks do not take camping reservations.


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How do I make reservations at a state park inn or cabin?
There are three (3) ways to make reservations.
1. Our Central Reservation System can be reached at 866-TENN PKS or 866-836-6757.
2. Reservations can be made by contacting the park directly. There are seven (7) parks with inn and cabins and twelve (12) more parks with just cabins. Check out our website at www.tnstateparks.com for phone numbers and addresses.
3. Online reservations can be made at www.tennesseeanytime.org/parks/.


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When I make a reservation, do I have to make a deposit?
Yes. If you use your credit card, then your credit card will be debited for one night's room and tax. If you want to send a check, you have 10 working days for your check to arrive, otherwise the reservation will be cancelled.


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How far in advance can I make a reservation?
Group reservations of 4 cabins or 10 rooms can be made 5 years in advance at any of the resort parks. Individual reservations for inn rooms and cabins can be made up to 2 years at any of the parks that have those facilities. Reservations for campsites at selected parks and picnic shelters can be made up to 11 months prior to check-in.


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Are Tennessee's State Parks open during the winter?
All of Tennessee's state parks are open for recreational activities during the winter. Some inns, cabins, and all the group lodges are closed during the winter. All campgrounds are open during the winter, however amenities may be limited. Please check with the individual park to determine the availability of specific amenities. To contact the park manager, visit the website at: https://www.tnstateparks.com/findapark


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What are your days and hours of operation?
All parks are open to the public 7 days a week but the park office, museums, visitor centers and historic sites may be closed two days per week and their hours may vary. The hours for most parks are one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Swimming areas are open from daylight to dusk, where swimming is available. Campgrounds are open 24 hours daily, with visiting hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact the individual park for more information. Phone numbers and addresses can be found on their website at go herewww.tnstateparks.com/findapark


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What are the check-in and checkout times?
Guaranteed check-in time for cabins is 4:30 p.m.; checkout time is 10 a.m. Guaranteed check-in time for inn rooms is 4:30 p.m.; checkout time is 11 a.m.


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Do all Tennessee State Parks charge an access fee?
No. There is no access fee charged for any state park.


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How much does it cost to camp in a Tennessee State Park?
Camping rates in Tennessee State Parks are standardized according to the facilities available. The standardized rates range from $8.00 (2 people) per night for our primitive sites up to $20.50 (2 people) for our premium sites. Typical campsites with water & electric are $17.50 per night for 2 people with additional people $0.50 each.

Some Tennessee State Parks have self-registration procedures where the campers register themselves upon entry to the campground. Rates for self-registration camping may be slightly higher than the above rates but they all have base rates that include up to 4 people.


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Will my RV fit in your campsites?

RV campsites are available for vehicles ranging in length from 20 to 76 feet. Most campsites maintain a soft gravel pad and each is equipped with water and electricity. Most parks have a centrally located dump station. Some parks offer drive through and waterfront locations. Following is a list of parks and the largest unit they are capable of accommodating:

  • Big Ridge -- 35 ft.
  • Cedars of Lebanon -- 40 ft.
  • Cumberland Mountain -- 40 ft.
  • Cove Lake -- 50 ft.
  • Chickasaw -- 50 ft.
  • David Crockett -- 40 ft.
  • Davy Crockett Birthplace -- 40 ft.
  • Edgar Evins -- 32 ft.
  • Fall Creek Falls -- 45 ft.
  • Frozen Head -- 32 ft.
  • Harrison Bay -- 40 ft.
  • Hiwassee & Ocoee -- 30 ft.
  • Indian Mountain -- 55 ft.
  • Meeman-Shelby Forest -- 40 ft.
  • Montgomery Bell -- 80 ft.
  • Nathan Bedford Forest -- 40 ft.
  • Natchez Trace wrangler park -- 80 ft.
  • Natchez Trace #2campground -- 25 ft.
  • Norris Dam -- 35 ft.
  • Old Stone Fort -- 50 ft.
  • Panther Creek -- 40 ft.
  • Paris Landing -- 36 ft.
  • Reelfoot Lake -- 55 ft.
  • Rock Island -- 46 ft.
  • Tims Ford -- 35 ft.
  • Tims Ford Fairview -- 40 ft.
  • T.O. Fuller -- 80 ft.
  • Warrior's Path -- 40 ft.
For more information on camping, log on to www.tnstateparks.com or call the park directly for site information.

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How much does it cost to play golf?
There are twelve (12) golf courses managed by the Tennessee Golf Trail of which four (4) courses are Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Trace signature courses. The rates may differ from course to course, from winter to summer, and from weekday to weekend. Check out our published rates at this web address: www.tngolftrail.net.


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How much does it cost to stay in a resort inn or a cabin in a Tennessee State Park?
There are seven (7) parks with resort inns and cabins and thirteen (13) parks with cabins only. The rates vary by park, type of room or cabin and time of year. Check out our published rates at this web address: go herewww.tnstateparks.com/pdf/inncabn.pdf.


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How much does it cost to rent a meeting or conference room in a Tennessee State Park?
Sixteen (16) parks have conference and meeting rooms that can handle group conferences, meetings, and weddings from 10 people to 1000 people. Check out our published rates at this web address: go herewww.tnstateparks.com/pdf/meeting_rates.pdf.


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How can I find a state park to accommodate my group without calling every park location?
Groups wanting to reserve 4 cabins or more or 10 inn rooms or more can call 532-7707 to check availability.


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Can I hold a wedding at a state park?
Yes. Six (6) parks have inns that can provide overnight accommodations along with restaurants, catering operations and conference centers that are equipped to handle weddings, both indoors and outdoors. They are:

Fall Creek Falls (800-250-8610)
Henry Horton (800-250-8612)
Montgomery Bell (800-250-8613)
Natchez Trace (800-250-8616)
Paris Landing (800-250-8614)
Pickwick Landing (800-250-8615)
Reelfoot Lake does have an inn and conference space but no restaurant.
Reelfoot Lake (800-250-8617)

For details, contact the Group Reservationist at any of those resort parks or contact our Sales Manager, Kay Howard, at 615-532-7707.

Several parks do not have an inn or a restaurant, but do have meeting rooms. These meeting rooms can handle small indoor weddings. Check date availability at the park office. In parks without meeting room facilities, special events are permitted upon approval of the Park Manager. Please check with the park of your choice for special details and arrangements.
To contact the Park Manager or the park office, visit their website at: https://www.tnstateparks.com/findapark/


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What methods of payment are accepted at the state parks?
We accept cash or personal checks for access fees to any state park. Camping accommodations can be secured with cash and personal checks. Inns and cabins conference rooms and golf fees can be secured with cash, personal checks, and with major credit cards including Master Card, Visa, American Express and Discover.


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Are alcoholic beverages allowed in the parks?
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in public areas in all state parks and golf courses. In some instances where inn rooms, cabins, or conference rooms have been rented, alcoholic beverages may be allowed for private adult consumption. The State of Tennessee legal age for possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is 21 years of age.


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How can I reserve a picnic shelter?
In general, parks offer picnic shelters on a first come first serve basis. However a picnic shelter may be reserved. This kind of arrangement must be made in advance of the event with the Park Manager at the park of your choice. To contact the Park Manager or the park office, visit the website at: https://www.tnstateparks.com/findapark/


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Do I need a license to drive a boat?
There is no requirement for a license to drive a boat like there is for a license to drive a car but certain regulations do apply. For more information, visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website at https://www.tn.gov/twra/.


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Where can I get my boat registered?
For more information on how and where to register your boat, visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website at https://www.tn.gov/twra/.


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Is there fishing in state parks?
Yes. However some park lakes are restricted. Check with the Park Manager for more information. To contact the Park Manager or the park office, visit the website at: http://www.www.tnstateparks.com/findapark


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Do I need a fishing license to fish in Tennessee State Parks?
Yes, a valid Tennessee fishing license is required for anyone ages 13 - 78 years. For more information on how and where to purchase a Tennessee fishing license, visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website at https://www.tn.gov/twra/.


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How can I obtain other publications such as fishing maps for Tennessee's lakes?
Additional information can be obtained at https://maps.tva.com/.


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Where can I go horseback riding?
Tennessee State Parks offers equestrian support facilities or trails at Natchez Trace and Chickasaw in West Tennessee; Cedars of Lebanon in Middle Tennessee and Pickett and Warriors Path in East Tennessee.
All equestrian facilities in state parks are either guided rental horses or support facilities for guests accessing the trails on lands managed by the Tennessee Division of Forestry. Check out our website at go herewww.tnstateparks.com/findapark/horseback.shtml


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Where can I ride my All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) in Tennessee?
Tennessee State Parks do not have any ATV trails. The Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry addresses this in their website at:
www.state.tn.us/agriculture/forestry/stateforests/info.html.
Off-road vehicles may use only unpaved roadways maintained by the Forestry Division and not the public roadways unless they and their vehicles are licensed for the public roadways.


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Are state park facilities accessible for persons using wheelchairs?

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Tennessee State Parks have worked diligently to provide reasonable accommodations to its patrons with disabilities to provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in the outdoor programs and activities. Tennessee State Parks has been very sensitive in ensuring that all new construction and existing facilities provide reasonable accommodations for inclusiveness in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This effort is directed towards, employment, providing accessible inn rooms, dining areas, camp grounds, bath houses, visitors' centers, overlooks, fishing piers, boat docks, golf courses, cabins, shelters, swimming pools, trails, exhibit areas and some natural areas. All requests for accommodations shall be directed to the individual park or the Tennessee State Parks' ADA Coordinator:

Isaac Okoreeh-Baah
Tennessee State Parks
401 Church Street
7th Floor L&C Tower
Nashville TN37243-0446
Tel. # 615-532-0059.

This guide is designed to inform the general public who wishes to visit any of the fifty-four Tennessee State Parks to be familiar with the features and programs at each park that is accessible to persons with disability. Each park will be listed and accessible facilities listed so that any person with disability may make a determination before starting their journey to enjoy the Great State of Tennessee.

Bicentennial Capital Mall

  • Accessible Mall Area with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Visitors' Center and gift shop.

Big Cypress Tree State Park

  • Accessible Walking Trail
  • Accessible Shelter
  • Accessible Rest room

Big Hill Pond State Park
Natural Area with limited facilities.

  • Accessible fishing pier.

Big Ridge State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter
  • Accessible Dinning Hall at Group camp Area.

Bledsoe Creek State Park

  • Accessible Campsites with accessible bath house
  • Accessible Fishing Pier/Boat Dock (Targeted for 2006 rehab program).

Booker T. Washington State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool.
  • Accessible Group Camp
  • Accessible cabin
  • Accessible Day use area with accessible sanitary facilities.

Burgess Falls State Park
(Natural Area with limited facilities)

  • Accessible Shelter
  • Accessible Playground

Cedars of Lebanon State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter
  • One-mile course horseback trail and stables.

Chickasaw State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter
  • Accessible Swim Beach

Cordell Hull Birthplace
(Natural Area with limited facilities).

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Museum with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Interpretive Cabin

Cove Lake State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Swimming Pool with accessible Concession area
  • Accessible Playgrounds with designated parking spaces.
  • Privately operated restaurant (Louis') with accessible facilities.
  • Accessible walking Trail
  • Accessible Fishing Pier
  • Accessible Playgrounds.

Cumberland Mountain State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Swimming Pool with accessible Concession area
  • Accessible Playgrounds with designated parking spaces.
  • Restaurant with accessible facilities.
  • Accessible Meeting room with sanitary facilities

Davy Crockett Birthplace
(Natural Area with limited facilities)

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.

David Crockett State Park

  • Currently being funded for ADA Rehabilitation
  • Accessible Campsites

Dunbar Cave State Park
(Natural Area with limited facilities)

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.

Edgar Evins State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms with designated parking spaces.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Meeting room with sanitary facilities

Fall Creek Falls State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant with accessible facilities.
  • Accessible Meeting room with sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Fishing Pier
  • Accessible Fall Overlook
  • Accessible Group Camp with Bathing and Dining Facilities

Fort Loudoun State Park
Natural Area with limited Facilities

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities

Fort Pillow State Park
Natural Area with limited Facilities

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities

Frozen Head State Park
Natural Area with limited Facilities

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter and Bath House
  • Harpeth Scenic River Natural Area

Harrison Bay State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bathhouse
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible fishing Pier
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Meeting room with sanitary facilities

Henry Horton State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms with designated parking spaces.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Meeting rooms.
  • Accessible Restaurant with
  • Accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Golf Pro Shop with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Inn with gift shop and meeting rooms.

Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers State Park
Natural area with limited facilities.

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Campsites with accessible bathhouse

Indian Mountain State Park
(Natural Area with limited facilities).

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Shelter with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Walking Trail.

Johnsonville State Park
Natural Area with limited Facilities

Long Hunter State Park
(Natural Area with limited facilities).

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Shelter with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Walking Trail.
  • Accessible Swim Beach.
  • Accessible Fishing Pier.

Meeman Shelby State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites.
  • Accessible Cabins.
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms with designated parking spaces.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Group Camp rooms.
  • Accessible Meeting with
  • Accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible laundry facility

Montgomery Bell State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Playground
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms with designated parking spaces.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Meeting rooms.
  • Accessible Restaurant with
  • Accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Inn with gift shop and meeting rooms.

Mousetail Landing State Park

  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms with designated parking spaces.
  • Accessible Fishing Pier.

Natchez Trace State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms with designated parking spaces.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Meeting rooms.
  • Accessible Restaurant with
  • Accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Inn with gift shop and meeting rooms.

Nathan Bedford Forest State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms.

Norris Dam State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Meeting rooms.
  • Accessible Tea(Meeting) with
  • Accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Rustic Cabins with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Museum with exhibits and sanitary facilities.

Old Stone Fort State Park

  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms with designated parking spaces.

Paris Landing State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath houses and laundry facilities.
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant with accessible facilities.
  • Accessible Conference Center with sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Fishing Pier
  • Accessible Marina

Pickett State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Meeting room with sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Group Camp with Bathing and Dining Facilities

Pickwick Landing State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant with accessible facilities.
  • Accessible Meeting room with sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Golf Pro-Shop
  • Accessible Marina
  • Accessible courtesy Dock

Pinson Mounds Historic Site
Natural Area with limited Facilities

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities

Port Royal State Park
Natural Area with limited Facilities

Radnor Lake State Park
Natural area with limited facilities, mainly a day uses Park.

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Trail with rest areas
  • Accessible Exhibit Hall with sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Meeting room with sanitary facilities

Red Clay Historic Site
Natural Area with limited Facilities

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter with sanitary facilities

Reelfoot Lake State Park

  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms.
  • Accessible Eagle Watch Program.

Roan Mountain State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms.
  • Accessible Exhibit Hall with sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Meeting room with sanitary facilities

Rock Island State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Cabins

Sergeant Alvin C. York State Park
Natural Area with limited facilities

  • Accessible Picnic Shelter with sanitary facilities and tables.
  • Accessible Park Store with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible York Home and Interpretive Center.(Second Floor not physically accessible)

South Cumberland State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms.
  • Accessible trails at Foster Falls and Stone Door.

Standing Stone State Park

  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Group Camp.

Sycamore Shoals State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Meeting room with exhibits.

T.O. Fuller State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Golf Pro-Shop
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool

Tims Ford State Park

  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Laundry facilities
  • Accessible Cabins
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter, rest rooms.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Meeting rooms with
  • Accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Walking Trail.

Warriors Path State Park

  • Accessible Visitors' Center with sanitary facilities.
  • Accessible Campsites with bath house
  • Accessible Golf Pro shop with sanitary facilities
  • Accessible Walking Trail
  • Accessible marina with snack bar.
  • Accessible Picnic Shelter with rest rooms.
  • Accessible Swimming Pool
  • Accessible Meeting rooms with
  • Accessible sanitary facilities.
  • Boundless Playground in Planning stages.

Individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in programs, services or activities provided by Tennessee State Parks should contact the Department of Environment and Conservation to discuss any auxiliary aids or services needed to facilitate such participation. Such contact may be in person, by writing, telephone, or other means and should be made no less than ten days prior to anticipated attendance date, to allow time to provide such aid or services. Contact the ADA Coordinator, Kim McCrary, at 401 Church St., 12th Floor - L&C Tower, Nashville, TN 37243 or call 1-866-253-5827 for further information. Information may be faxed to 615-532-5589. Hearing impaired callers may use the Tennessee Relay Service (1-800-848-0298).

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Can I collect firewood in a state park?
Collection of deadwood on the ground for firewood is allowed. Most state parks offer firewood for sale.


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Can I use a metal detector?
Use of metal detectors is allowed by an individual engaged in a limited search for a lost item under supervision of the Park Manager. No other usage is allowed without written permission from the State Archaeologist and the Director of State Parks.


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Is hunting allowed in Tennessee State Parks?
Guns and bow hunting are allowed at some parks in conjunction with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). In cooperation with the TWRA, seasons and quotas are set. Some parks have Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) where regular game hunting is permitted. Check with the individual park for details. To contact the Park Manager or the park office, visit their website at: https://www.tnstateparks.com/


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Are firearms allowed in state parks?
Firearms are allowed at authorized firing ranges and at parks with authorized hunts. Firearms in transit must be unloaded and cased. No other firearms are allowed.


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Does Tennessee State Parks have whitewater rafting?
The Ocoee River Recreation Area has whitewater rafting. Check the park office at Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park at 423-263-0050 for outfitter information.


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How do I find out about activities at state parks?
Check this link on the State park's website at https://www.tnstateparks.com/pdf/events.pdf or call the park office for updates. In addition, many of the park inns have developed special room and food discounts under "Getaway Packages" for special events. These special promotions are listed on another link at go herewww.tnstateparks.com/promotions/


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I am a professional photographer and want to take pictures in the park for commercial use. Who do I need to talk with?
Contact the Film, Music & Entertainment Commission for permission at (615) 741-3456 or email them at this address: [email protected]


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Is there any outside advertising or solicitation allowed in state parks?
No handbills, no soliciting of guests, or any outside advertising is allowed.


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How can I obtain a gift certificate?
Gift certificates for inns, cabins and restaurants can be purchased from $10 up to $250 at any park inn and can be used at any park. When redeemed, less than 25% of the gift certificate can be refunded in cash. Gift certificates can be purchased at any state park inn either by phone or in-person.

In addition, each individual golf course can sell golf gift certificates up to $250. These golf gift certificates are redeemable only at the golf pro shop where purchased.


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How can I become involved as a volunteer at Tennessee State Parks?
Volunteer Campground Hosts - Individuals interested in becoming a Volunteer Campground Host should contact the Park Manager for the park they are interested in. For any given park, notices shall be posted in the camper's check-in and sent to local camping clubs. For more information about specific parks involved in the program, go to go herewww.tnstateparks.com/volunteer.shtml. Campground host applications are available from the parks participating in this program or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or
615-532-5249. To contact the Park Manager or the park office, visit their website at: go herewww.tnstateparks.com/findapark

Volunteer Golf Course Host - Individuals interested in becoming a Volunteer Golf Course Host should contact the Park Manager or the Golf Course Manager at the golf course they are interested in. Notices shall be posted at the golf pro shop and in other prominent park locations. There are eight (8) parks that accept Volunteer Golf Course Hosts. Those 8 parks are:

  • Henry Horton
  • Fall Creek Falls
  • Montgomery Bell
  • Old Stone Fort
  • Paris Landing
  • Pickwick Landing
  • T.O. Fuller
  • Warrior's Path
To contact the Park Manager, the Golf Course Manager or the park office, visit their website at: https://www.tnstateparks.com/findapark

Park Volunteers - You, your family or service organization can participate by donating time, money or supplies to your nearby park. If you are interested in helping out, contact the Park Manager at any state park or call the State Park's Volunteer Coordinator at (615) 532-5249 to find out how you or your organization can help.


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How do I apply for a summer job at a state park?
Contact the park of your choice for information on availability of seasonal positions. Applications can be obtained through the park offices. The best time to apply is in February or March. The duration of employment varies from park to park.


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How do I apply for full-time employment at the Tennessee State Parks?
Job postings for job opportunities can be obtained at https://cleanairtn.org/dohr/ or at any state park office.


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Are there any National Parks in Tennessee?
There are 14 sites that are classified either as National Cemeteries, Battlefields, Scenic Trails, Rivers, Areas or Parks. For more information on these locations, visit the National Park Service website.


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What discounts are available at Tennessee State Parks?
CAMPING - Tennessee Seniors (62+) get approximately 25% off on all standard camping fees and approximately 10% off self-registration fees on a year round basis. Out-of-state Seniors will receive a discount in accordance with the published rate schedule. Their discounts range from 9 to 11 percent. Disabled visitors, residents and non-residents of Tennessee, who are disabled may obtain an approximate 50% discount on camping fees charged at all parks upon showing satisfactory proof of such disability.

INN ROOMS - All seniors (62+) are entitled to a 10% discount on their stay at a state park inn.

RESTAURANT MEALS - All Seniors (62+) are entitled to a 10% discount on their restaurant meal. Discounts are not allowed at snack shops, concession stands or at leased dining facilities unless approved by Lessee.

GOLF GREEN FEES AND CARTS - Discounts vary from park to park. Seniors must check with the Golf shop at each park for the current Senior discounts. (Bear Trace Golf Courses are excluded).

SPECIAL PROMOTIONS - Frequently, special discounts and coupons are offered on camping, lodging and restaurant promotions. To take advantage of these promotions, check the state park home web page, the park inn web page, the cabin web page and the restaurant web page.

KIDS EAT FREE - Kids, 5 years and younger eat free off the daily buffet when accompanied by an adult purchasing an entrée or a buffet meal. Kids, 6 years to 12 years, can eat for half price off the daily buffet. In both promotions, limit 4 kids per adult. (Note: Free or discounted kids meals does not apply to banquets or special events.)

AAA - The Pickwick Inn is rated as three (3) diamonds by AAA and gives a 10% discount off the regular room rate to AAA members.


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Are there any special rooms packages?
Several park inns offer Getaway Packages in which meals, lodging, golf, and other amenities are bundled together and offered at discount prices. Check the promotions link off the home page: go herewww.tnstateparks.com/promotions/


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Are contractors who work for the State of Tennessee eligible for state employee discounts?
No, only full-time employees are eligible. Those employees are identified as:

  • Full-time state employees with valid state employee ID,
  • State University and State Community College Employees with valid ID,
  • County and city public school teachers with valid state professional license card,
  • Full-time Tennessee National Guard with valid ID, and
  • Retired full-time state employees with valid Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System ID.

(State employees visiting a state park on official business are not eligible for a lodging discount.)


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Can I bring my pet camping?
All state park campgrounds allow cats and dogs. Pets must be on a leash and must not be left unattended. Proof of rabies shots and a physical description of the animals may be required upon request. Certain areas such as picnic areas, beaches, swim areas and foodservice areas may be restricted to pets. Please remember that these are natural areas and domestic and wild animals sometimes have confrontations. Please take a look at our Pet Policy https://www.tnstateparks.com/policies.shtml#pets.


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Can I bring my pet to stay in a cottage or resort lodge?
Yes. Cats and dogs are permitted to stay in specific designated inn rooms and cabins. Each park will have assigned rooms or cabins set aside as pet rooms. Park management reserves the right to prohibit any pet on the premises that may pose a risk to guests or staff. Certain areas such as picnic areas, beaches, swim areas and foodservice areas may be restricted to pets.

Guests must sign a Pet Policy Liability form upon check-in that will explain the park's policy in detail. There is a $10 per pet charge per night. Additional charges may apply for any damage that may occur to carpet or furnishings. Please take a look at our Pet Policy https://www.tnstateparks.com/policies.shtml#pets.


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How many parks and what types of facilities are there?
As of December 1, 2006 a total of 53 parks are available to the public within the Tennessee State Park System. Other interesting facts:

  • 21 parks have conference centers/meeting facilities
  • 12 parks with restaurants (including 4 leased facilities)
  • 644 inn rooms (6 park inns)
  • 380 cabins in 20 parks
  • 10 group camps (occupancy 1316)
  • 9 group lodges (occupancy 614)
  • 33 parks with RV camping (2582 campsites)
  • 14 parks have tent only camping (250 campsites)
  • 13 parks have back country camping
  • 2 wrangler camps (90+ campsites that accommodate horse trailers)
  • 13 parks with bike trails
  • 20 parks with boat rentals
  • 24 parks with boat ramps
  • 33 parks with gift shops
  • 13 golf courses (includes 1 Bear Trace course privately operated)
  • 7 marinas (includes 4 leased marinas)
  • 18 parks with museums
  • 6 parks with stables (includes 4 leased stables)
  • 33 parks with swimming pools/swim beaches
You can learn more about each of our state parks by requesting a park guide at 888-867-2757. For more information, visit our website at www.tnstateparks.com.

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How do I get on the State Park's email list to receive Special Events Calendars and promotional discounts?
You may join this list by sending an email to [email protected] and put in the message body "SUBSCRIBE TSPPROMOTIONS". You will receive an email confirming that you have been added to the list.

On a regular basis, we send out emails listing dates and activities happening at all State Parks. We also send out emails offering golf, food, and lodging promotions.

You may leave the list at any time by sending an email to [email protected] and put in the message body "SIGNOFF TSPPROMOTIONS". You will receive an email confirming that you have been deleted from the list.


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You can learn more about each of our state parks by requesting a park guide at 888-867-2757. For more information, visit our web site at www.tnstateparks.com