The United States of America owns and TVA manages nearly 293,000 acres of land Valleywide (TVA public lands) as part of our mission of service. Much of this is undeveloped land, meaning just that—wild land available for informal recreation, free from modern facilities. Popular activities on these lands include hunting, hiking, birdwatching, camping and other informal pursuits.
TVA recreation areas, trails and undeveloped lands are open year-round with the exception of the following, which are currently closed for maintenance and improvements:
Visitor centers at dams remain closed. Restrooms are open with the exception of the following, which are currently closed for maintenance and improvements:
TVA will be opening several of its dispersed recreational area gates and access roads that were closed to motorized vehicles during the winter for the 2022 recreation season. TVA is looking to reopen all areas in April; however, some gates may remain closed until summer reservoir levels are reached to protect resources.
Please do not block any closed access gates as they may be needed in case of an emergency. All public informal sites will remain open to foot traffic at all times.
Our interactive map (link below) shows undeveloped recreation areas near you. This map is intended as a guide only; its content is subject to change without notice. The lands depicted are generally open to the public; however, public use restrictions may apply due to public safety or to protect threatened and endangered species or unique natural features, and lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. The map should not be interpreted as representing legal property boundaries. TVA is not liable for any improper or incorrect use of this map or for any direct or indirect damages suffered related to the use of this map.
You might be surrounded by nature in its most pristine state—but that doesn't mean you can just go wild. There are some basic rules you need to follow to help TVA protect these lands and preserve them for future generations. Check out the rules.
Although undeveloped, these areas need protection and improvement to ensure a good experience for users. Through its stewardship work, TVA makes sites more accessible, especially those areas that receive intensive use, removes litter and invasive plants and takes steps to minimize user impacts.
TVA partners year-round with user groups, community groups and state and federal partners on projects such as river clean-ups, wildlife habitat enhancement initiatives, trail building, removal of invasive exotic plants, access improvements to public lands and general maintenance activities.
TVA strives to strengthen its partnerships in providing informal recreation opportunities. If your organization is interested in becoming a TVA partner in recreation, contact our Public Land Information Center.
Looking for a place with recreational amenities to come and play for the day? You can't do better than TVA developed public lands. From swim beaches and fishing berms to playgrounds and picnic pavilions, the options for fun are nearly endless. You can read more about these opportunities on our Recreation Areas page.
NOTE: To the extent permitted by law, TVA disclaims liability for any injury to any person or property or loss of life or property related to use of TVA land for recreation activities.
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Hunting and fishing are allowed on TVA public lands and waters consistent with TVA rules and applicable state regulations.