Tennessee state parks on Wednesday (March 20) 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, The Chattanoogan reported.
Reservations can be made online, by visiting the park’s office or by calling an individual park during regular business hours.
“Traditionally, campers have had to rely on obtaining their favorite camping spot on a first-come-first-served basis,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau. “With the new reservation service, visitors will be offered more ease and convenience when it comes to their park stay.”
To check availability and reserve campsites online or via phone, visit www.tnstateparks.com/reservations for a complete list of available campgrounds and phone numbers or visit the online site directly at https://tnstateparks.itinio.com/. 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’ campsites are very popular, so campers are encouraged to check availability through the new online system or by calling the park before departing on a trip.
“Campers who enjoy using state park campsites have requested an advance reservations system for many years, as well as online capabilities,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “The implementation of this great, new system is just one of the many ways we are providing additional or upgraded services to our customers. We wanted to make it easier for our visitors to make their plans, while adding an additional layer of customer-focused service for our guests.”
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. Over the course of the last several months, state parks have been gradually added to the roster.