Tennessee State Parks remain open, offer outdoor activity amid coronavirus outbreak, official says

Tennessee State Parks remain open, offer outdoor activity amid coronavirus outbreak, official says
Tennessee parks remain open and free of charge for outdoor recreation. FWC Photo by Alicia Wellman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s state parks are still open and can provide healthy outdoor activity during the coronavirus outbreak.

The parks are free to the public and can be a positive way to maintain social distancing.

There are over 56 state parks in Tennessee.

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Time spent outdoors can relieve stress and improve mental and physical health, according to Kim Shofinski, deputy communications director for the parks.

Shofinski said parks are taking recommended precautions to provide a safe environment for staff and visitors while promoting self-care.

Park visitors are encouraged to follow guidance provided by the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health during the coronavirus outbreak.