Federation of Metal Detector & Archeological Clubs, Inc

Tennessee State Regulation

Is Metal Detecting allowed:    NO

You can view the state FAQ’s HERE:  and Policies HERE

Can I use a metal detector?

Use of metal detectors is allowed by an individual engaged in a limited search for a lost item under the supervision of the Park Manager. No other usage is allowed without written permission from the State Archaeologist and the Director of State Parks.

Preservation of Public Property, Natural Features, Etc.

The use of any mineral or metal detecting device capable of detecting the underground or underwater location of geological, archaeological or historical objects or materials is prohibited. Provided, however, that this section shall not apply to: fathometers, radar equipment and electronic equipment used primarily for the navigation and safe operation of boats and aircraft; to persons possessing a permit from the State Archaeologist to conduct legitimate archaeological research when such permit is signed by the Director of Parks and Recreation; andto an individual engaged in a limited search for a lost item under supervision of the park Superintendent.

FMDAC Disclaimer:  FMDAC assumes no responsibility for any person who knowingly or accidentally violates any state park regulation. Although FMDAC will try to keep this information current we cannot anticipate how each regulation will be interpreted by a specific park department, park employee or other government employee. It is the sole responsibility of each individual to know and obey the regulations of the park or area they are visiting and or metal detecting.