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Published: January 13, 2021


TENNESSEE STATE PARKS HAD AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF $1.84 BILLION IN TENNESSEE IN 2020 AND WELCOMED 34.7 MILLION VISITS, ACCORDING TO A REPORT DONE FOR THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION. THE REPORT NOTES THAT LOCAL AREA SPENDING BY VISITORS HAS A SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT ON LOCAL ECONOMIES. THE PARKS REACHED HISTORIC HIGHS IN CAMPING, RECORDING FOUR OF THE TOP 10 MONTHS EVER, AND SET A PACE FOR FUTURE SUCCESS WITH $184 MILLION IN INVESTMENTS IN CAPITAL PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THOSE PROJECTS ALONE ARE EXPECTED TO RESULT IN OVER $400 MILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT TO THE STATE. THE FIGURES SHOW THAT TENNESSEE STATE PARKS ARE NOT ONLY A GREAT WAY FOR TENNESSEANS TO GET OUTDOORS BUT ARE A SIGNIFICANT DRIVER OF A HEALTHY TENNESSEE ECONOMY AS WELL. IN TOTAL, THE REPORT FOUND $1.7 BILLION IN ECONOMIC IMPACT FROM OPERATIONS AND VISITOR SPENDING; $126.7 MILLION FROM CAPITAL PROJECTS; AND $11.4 MILLION FROM FACILITIES AND LAND MANAGEMENT MAINTENANCE PROJECTS.