Rules + Permits

park rules

Guidelines for keeping the Park fun and safe for everyone.

In order to ensure that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable experience at Shelby Farms Park,  we ask that you respect the following rules.

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General Park Rules
Water + Fishing | Dogs | Shelby Farms Greenline
Woodland Discovery Playground | Water Play Sprayground
Photo + Video | RC Planes | Drones

 

GENERAL

  • No cutting of trees or removal of flora of any kind
  • Please do not approach, disturb or feed any wildlife
  • ATVs and four-wheelers are not allowed. Off-road driving is not allowed
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed
  • Hunting is not allowed
  • Music must not be played loud enough to be heard outside the vehicle or outside the footprint of your event area. Music content must be family-friendly and must not include profanity or offensive or vulgar language. 
  • No parking on grass in any areas
  • No overnight camping. 
  • Picnic pavilions and picnic areas must be reserved in advance. 
  • No moon bounces, space walks, inflatables, water slides, dunk tanks, petting zoos or climbing walls
  • No balloons of any kind including water balloons. No confetti or glitter. 
  • Speed limit is 20 MPH
  • No personal grills
  • No littering
  • No metal detectors
  • All pets must be on-leash. Owner must hold leash in-hand and pet must be under owner's control
  • Drone use is only permitted in the designated "Drone Zone" and requires a permit
  • No fireworks, poppers or sparklers
  • Bird Scooter nests are located at the north end of the FedEx Event Center parking lot, the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center plaza, the Pine Lake Boat House, near the Greenline Wheel House and the South Hyde Lake parking lot.  Bird scooter users must obey regular traffic + bike rules.  Scooters must remain on paved roads + trails (keep right); no off-road use.   Scooters will disable within close proximity of Woodland Discovery Playground, Water Play Sprayground, Hyde Lake Boat House.  Free helmets are available in the Lake's Edge Gift Shop. Questions or comments about Bird scooters and their use may be sent to info@shelbyfarmspark.org  


WATER + FISHING

  • No swimming or wading
  • Non-motorized boats only
  • Remote control boats are allowed, but must keep respectable distance from other water craft
  • A valid Tennessee fishing license is required (for those 13 and over), and Tennessee fishing rules and regulations apply on all lakes. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency enforces fishing license regulations
  • Fishing is permitted in all lakes. Shore fishing at Hyde Lake is allowed in the designated areas on the southern side of the lake.
  • All boats, including canoes and kayaks, must be equipped with one wearable personal flotation device for each person on board.  All persons 12 years or under are required to wear a personal flotation device.  According to TWRA regulations, those not following this requirement may be subject to a fine.
  • Carp may not be taken.  They must be returned to the water. 
  • For more information, including fishing license qualifications, creel limits and safety regulations, visit www.tn.gov/twra


DOGS

  • Local leash laws apply in the Park and on Park trails--dogs must be on-leash, leash in hand at all times in Shelby Farms Park and on Shelby Farms Greenline, including unpaved forest trails
  • Dogs may not enter the Woodland Discovery Playground
  • Pick up and properly dispose of solid pet waste (waste bags and trash cans are available throughout the Park)
  • Dogs may only be off-leash in The Outback
     
    • Rules for The Outback:
      • Make sure your dog is responsive to your verbal commands
      • One dog per person, please
      • Don’t let your dog disturb or interfere with wildlife or other Park users
      • Recognize that your dog may not get along with all other dogs
      • Supervise your pup at all times and interrupt any rough play
      • Think carefully about bringing treats to the park and use them only when other dogs aren’t around


SHELBY FARMS GREENLINE

  • Trail open sunrise to sunset
  • Remain on trail at all times
  • Travel at a reasonable speed in a consistent and predictable manner
  • Slower traffic keep right
  • No motorized vehicles except electric wheelchairs and bicycles
  • No drugs or alcohol
  • Leash and pet waste clean-up laws will be enforced


WOODLAND DISCOVERY PLAYGROUND

  • Children ages 2-12
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Adults may not enter the playground without a child
  • No pets
  • No wheels (bikes, wheelies, skateboards, etc.)
  • No food or beverage
  • No drugs, smoking or alcohol
  • No amplifying sound
  • No disorderly conduct
  • No commercial activity
  • Parties and groups must make a reservation to attend (contact facilities@shelbyfarmspark.org at (901) 222-7298 to reserve)
  • You are not permitted to bring in your own tables
  • Playground may be cleared and/or closed due to inclement weather including thunder or lightning. The area will not reopen until it is determined that the threat of weather is no longer present. 
  • Shelby Farms Park is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

water play sprayground

  • Children ages 2-10
  • Children ages 2-3 must have one parent or guardian (age 17+) accompany the child into the play area.
  • Children that are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers.  No regular diapers allowed.
  • Wristband is required for entry and must be worn at all times while in the play area.
  • Follow all instructions given by Water Play monitors
  • Children with diarrhea or who are vomitting will not be allowed into the Water Play area.
  • Do not climb, stand or jump on boulders, rocks, gates, water jets or any other equipment.
  • No balls, toys, pets, food, drink, smoking or glass containers are allowed in the play area.
  • Running, horseplay, profanity, aggressive and/or abusive behavior are not permitted.
  • Do not drink the sprayed water or place face directly into the streams of water. 
  • Appropriate swimwear / clothing (bathing suits, shorts, T-shirts) is required at all times and will be determined by management.  No visible undergarments.
  • Please do not hang towels on gates, rocks or boulders.
  • Water play area may be cleared and/or closed due to inclement weather including thunder or lightning. The area will not reopen until it is determined that the threat of weather is no longer present. 
  • All injuries, however minor, must be reported to the Water Play monitor immediately and an accident report must be completed. 
  • Use of water shoes and sunscreen is not required, but is highly recommended.
  • Shelby Farms Park is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. 


PHOTO + VIDEO

  • All professional photography and filming must be scheduled at least five business days in advance by emailing permits@shelbyfarmspark.org. An application form must be completed for each visit, and must be approved before coming to the Park.
  • Professional photography/filming is defined as:
    • shoots involving props, changes of clothing or more equipment than basic tripod and flash
    • photographs and/or film from the shoot that will be used for monetary gain or used in advertising goods or services
  • Shoots must take place during regular Park hours of sunrise to sunset.  Filming outside these hours may be considered in special circumstances and additional fees may apply
  • Restrooms may not be used for changing.  Any rooms needed for changing, equipment storage, holding areas may be rented in advance for use. 
  • Shelby Farms Park is a public space.  Please do not block or block off any sidewalk, trail, walkway or road in any area of the Park or be disruptive to Park visitors or their activities during photo sessions / filming. 
  • The subject matter of the photography or filming session must meet acceptable community standards.
  • All other Park rules must be followed. 
  • A hold harmless agreement must be signed by all participants and a copy of the applicant/organization's insurance must be submitted at least 72 hours before the shoot.
  • Multi-visit permit for photographers: $175 / year
  • One-time permit for photographer: $75
  • Filming fees start at $300 / day.  Additional site fees may apply
  • Download our Photography + Filming policies and application
  • Download waiver

REMOTE CONTROL PLANES

  • Shelby Farms Park has a designated RC Flying Field -- all flying must take place within the designated area
  • RC operators must obtain a permit prior to using the RC Field 
  • To apply for an RC permit, please send an email to permits@shelbyfarmspark.org

DRONES

  • Must have valid Shelby Farms Park drone permit on file (includes $25 annual fee)
  • Must stay within designated “Drone Zone” area (click here for map)
  • Flying is prohibited during special events being held in the Event Field
  • Flying is prohibited near or over horses, buffaloes or any other wildlife
  • Flying is prohibited near or over Park visitors or their automobiles.
  • Do not take pictures or video anyone without their permission
  • Drone must be FAA registered with registration number visibly affixed to the drone
  • It is recommended to have a phone number on the drone in case it is lost
  • Commercial operators who are flying under Part 107 must submit copy of the front and back of remote pilot license
  • Must cease operation if requested for any reason by a SFPC Park Ranger
  • To fly under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft drone pilot must:
    • Fly for hobby or recreation ONLY
    • Register your model aircraft
    • Fly within visual line-of-sight
    • Fly below 400’
    • Follow community-based safety guidelines and fly within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization (AMA)
    • Fly a drone under 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization
    • Never fly in a reckless manner near other aircraft
    • Notify the heliport and air traffic control tower prior to flying within 5 miles of  a heliport.  Note that there are 3 heliports within 5 miles of Shelby Farms Park.
    • Never fly near or over emergency response efforts
  • To apply for a drone permit, please send an email to permits@shelbyfarmspark.org
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