Stones River National Battlefield to Increase Recreational Access to Park Grounds

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Stones River National Battlefield is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning May 22, 2020, Stones River National Battlefield will restore motor vehicle access to all park sites.

All gated areas, except the visitor center parking, lot will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily. The visitor center parking lot will be open from 6 AM to 7 PM. Parking in all areas is limited to paved lots and will be strictly enforced.

With public health in mind, the visitor center and restrooms remain closed at this time.

“We are excited to offer the public an opportunity to explore the places associated with one of the most important battles of the American Civil War,” said Superintendent Brenda Pennington. “We remain committed to doing everything necessary to enhance the safety of our visitors and employees We encourage the public to bring their own water and snacks and to help us keep the park clean by taking their trash home with them.”

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Stones River National Battlefield, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Details and updates on park operations, along with opportunities to explore our unique resources and stories, will continue to be posted on our website and social media channels (@StonesRiverNPS). Updates about NPS operations will be posted on

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