Travel Updates & Guidance

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Updated May 20, 2020


It is our mission to keep residents and visitors informed as businesses and tourism venues open up in the Chattanooga’s region of Southeast Tennessee.

Here’s the latest in travel updates:


Learn more about how Tennessee is safely re-opening with guidance from the Tennessee Pledge, state’s road map for businesses.



All Tennessee State Parks, and most park facilities, have reopened. Most Tennessee State Parks are operating from 7 am to sunset, but there may be some exceptions. The public can now access most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Most park facilities – Visitor Centers, park offices, restrooms, etc. – are also open. Playgrounds and other social gathering places may be open as well. Signage throughout the parks will encourage proper social distancing and provide information about the cleaning standards for particular facilities or spaces.

Check out their COVID-19 Closures page for the most up to date information.



The Cherokee National Forest / Ocoee Ranger District in Southeast Tennessee lists opening dates for campgrounds, boat launches, pavilions and day-use areas on their website. Call 423-338-3300 for specific information.



The Chattanooga Airport is following the guidance provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the World Health Organization, airline partners, and federal, state and community health officials.



Tennessee Welcome Centers are now open (except the I-65 Robertson Co. – Mitchelville Welcome Center due to a highway widening project). Staff are equipped with additional cleaning processes in place and appropriate personal protective equipment.  Travel brochures  have been removed and sneeze guards have been installed for extra precaution.



Visit for updates about travel to the state.



Everyone looks forward to planning their next getaway – we hope yours will include a trip to Southeast Tennessee in the future.


Tennessee’s South Cumberland State Park (Photo: Sean Fisher)






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