Stones River National Battlefield Begins to Increase Recreational Access to Park Grounds


Murfreesboro, TN – 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 incre

ase access on a park-b

y-park basis.


Beginning May 1, 2020, Stones River National Battlefield will reopen access to:
• Trails connecting to the Stones River Greenway; and the
• Visitor Center Parking Lot
Access to the Visitor Center Parking Lot will be through the Old Nashville Highway entrance
from 7 AM to 7 PM. Parking will be limited to 31 paved spaces and strictly enforced.
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
• Visitor Center and Restrooms
• Vehicle Access to Tour Road (including Thompson Lane Entrance)
• Stones River National Cemetery Parking
• Hazen Brigade Monument Parking
• McFadden Farm Unit Parking
“Our staff is pleased that we can take this first step towards welcoming the public back to Stones
River National Battlefield, while ensuring we do everything necessary to enhance the safety of
our visitors and employees,” said Superintendent Brenda Pennington. “We encourage visitors 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.


The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.
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
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

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for
America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve
local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.