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Tennessee State Parks offers new campground reservation system

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

Tennessee State Parks unveiled its new customer-friendly campground reservation system, offering visitors the ability to reserve campsites at 35 state parks up to one year in advance of their planned stay. Reservations can be made online, at the park’s office or by calling an individual park.

“Traditionally, campers have had to rely on obtaining their favorite camping spot on a first come, first served basis,” said Bob Martineau, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner. “With the new reservation service, visitors will be offered more ease and convenience when it comes to their park stay.”

Campers can select the state park they wish to visit, arrival/departure dates and their preferred campsite. Visitors may reserve up to five sites per reservation. The online system features a campground map, offering photos and prices for each individual campsite.

Tennessee State Parks implemented the program using a phased approached, beginning in late 2012 to ensure the appropriate training could take place and any issues or concerns could be addressed before formally launching the new reservation system. The new campground reservation system joins several new initiatives launched by TDEC over the last two years for park visitors on the go, including the Tennessee State Parks 75th Anniversary microsite, a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based recreation “finder,” and the new Tennessee State Parks Pocket Ranger® mobile phone application.

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