April is quickly coming to a close and many haven't been able to explore the outdoors and enjoy the weather Tennessee has to offer. Many Tennessee State Parks are opening today for day-use. Visitors are still expected to follow the social distancing guidelines set by the CDC while visiting the parks. 

Tennessee closed its state parks on April 3 but was slated to reopen by April 14. After an extension was issued, a decision to allow visitation to 53 out of the 56 state parks was granted for Friday, April 24.

A majority of the parks reopened this morning around 7:00 a.m., but are limited to daily use only. So don't expect to hunker down overnight.

This will give residents a chance to get out and finally take a break from reality.

Cummins Falls State Park, Seven Islands State Birding Park, and Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park are the three state parks that will remain closed for reasons unknown. 

The parks are expected to be pretty busy throughout the weekend, so visitors should plan accordingly. As always, late morning/early afternoons are usually the busiest times. 

All the camping facilities and cabins at the state parks will remain closed until April 30, and only pre-existing reservations for May 1 through May 15 will be honored. 

Starting May 15 and on, visitors can start making reservations online. 

The parks are still implementing social distancing guidelines and all visitors should exercise and explore six feet apart. The official website for all these parks also recommends you wear a mask when you visit. 

Some facilities, like visitor centers and restrooms, may be closed depending on the park, so it's important to plan beforehand. 

Getting outside and exploring during this time could bring some positivity and enjoyment into one's day. So if you ever thought of trying out a new state park, this might be the perfect time to visit one right in their own backyard. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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