SCSP Manager George Shinn anounced on May 12 that camping is now open in the park, at 50-percent capacity. The park will maintain half capacity at each campground, to allow for social distancing and limit impact on the park.
Playgrounds, Picnic Areas
Also, SCSP playgrounds and picnic areas are open but, although cleaned daily, are not able to be cleaned to CDC standards. “The public should be diligent in personal cleanliness and use discretion,” Manager Shinn said.
Shelters and Group Sites
Gatherings of 10 or more are still not allowed, and shelters and group sites remain closed until Governor Lee lifts that ban. “We are letting small families or individuals utilize the shelter for meals and relaxing out of the sun, but no large gatherings, reunions, etc.” Manager Shinn said.
“Rangers will also begin offering programming to small groups, by reservation only, with reservations made through the Park’s website, in June.
Heavy Visitation Expected
Please be aware that visitors to the park have encountered record-setting crowds over the last few weekends, so please practice appropriate social distancing. Most heavy traffic has been at Denny, Foster, Grundy Forest, Greeter, Stone Door and Collins trail heads. Also, the barely-used Sewanee Natural Bridge parking lot had 40 motorcycles in the parking lot at one point and has been experiencing heavy traffic on nice weather days.