The state of Tennessee prohibits the entry of out-of-state firewood unless it has been certified, heat-treated and is properly labeled. This is to prevent the further spread of invasive and destructive forest pests that are known to hide in firewood such as emerald ash borer, spongy moth, and Asian longhorned beetle among others.

Within Tennessee, everyone is encouraged to use local and/or certified, heat-treated firewood.

  • Campgrounds in Tennessee’s National Parks (e.g., Great Smoky Mountains, Cumberland Gap, and Natchez Trace Parkway) as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District only allow campers to bring certified, heat-treated firewood; otherwise, outside firewood is not permitted.
  • In general, campers can either buy firewood at the campground, bring certified heat-treated firewood in the original packaging, or collect downed dead trees from near the campsite (when permitted) at state or national park campgrounds.
  • Some National Forests and State Forests in Tennessee allow gathering firewood for home use, although a permit may be required. Inquire with local or regional staff for additional information.

Find local and certified heat-treated firewood vendors at FirewoodScout.org.

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 14 August 2023.

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Pest Specific Information for Tennessee:

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