Most Tennessee state parks to reopen this Friday

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / The Highway 27 staircase leads up to the Cumberland Trail State Park in the Tennessee River Gorge Segment on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Marion County, Tenn.

Tennessee State Parks will reopen most of its 56 parks this Friday, April 24, for day-use only. Specific details on which parks will reopen will be available on tnstateparks.com this week, according to a news release sent Monday afternoon.

All 56 of Tennessee's state parks temporarily closed April 4 in response to Gov. Bill Lee's Executive Order 23.

Overcrowding may cause entire parks or portions of parks to close again, the release states. Facilities and gathering areas, including pavilions and playgrounds, will remain closed. Cabins, lodges, restaurants, campgrounds, and group camps remain closed. For up-to-date information on park closure please visit www.tnstateparks.com.

"We are eager to serve once again but we urge Tennesseans to continue to practice physical distancing when visiting parks," Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said.