Rock Island State Park, Rock Island

4.7
#26 of 104 in Nature in Tennessee
Rock Island State Park is a state park in Warren County and White County, Tennessee, located in the Southeastern United States. The park is named after the community of Rock Island, Tennessee, which in turn received its name from an island on the Caney Fork upstream from the Collins River confluence and Great Falls Dam. Rock Island State Park is centered on a peninsula created by the confluence of these two rivers and extends downstream to the headwaters of Center Hill Lake.The park consists of 883acre and is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.Geographical settingThe Caney Fork winds its way westward from its source atop the Cumberland Plateau and drops down to the Highland Rim at Scott's Gulf, where it enters White County. Just past Scott's Gulf, the river gains strength, absorbing Cane Creek and the Calfkiller River as it winds along the base of the plateau. At the community of Walling, the river briefly turns southward and absorbs the Rocky River before turning westward again. Two miles beyond its Rocky River confluence, the Caney Fork absorbs the Collins and enters the Great Falls Gorge. Beyond the gorge, the river enters the upper extremes of its Center Hill Lake impoundment and begins winding its way northward toward its mouth along the Cumberland River, near Carthage.
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  • The water falls twin falls and great falls were worth seeing. It was breathtaking a.d amazing to hike in woods surrounding the falls. The trails were marked pretty well so were easy to follow and were...  more »
  • We liked this place very much. This park located 3hrs drive away from Louisville where I live, so we spent a whole day there exploring the magnificent falls and its fascinating surroundings. I admire ...  more »
  • I go there often as I live close by. Has day hiking trails, camp sites for RV and tent, cabins for rent, and lots of river access for boating, canoing, and white water rafting.  more »
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  • Nice place for kids and family. We did the eagle trail and blue hole trail. Eagle trail was just a walking path. Blue hole is strenuous. We went with a 4 yr old and she had fun. The trail is in line with the falls but there is no huge falls. It is the water joining the lakes. Then drove further down to the boat ramp and beach road. There are many shelters and grill are. Many people were using their floats and kayaks and were swimming and boating in the lake. Then we left the area and drove to great falls. Nice view from up. The trail was closed so we were not able to go down. There is also a twinfalls viewable from here. But if you can drive a little more then you can watch it closer. We did go there. It is actually on the opposite side of the dam. After parking, follow the trail the see the beautiful twin falls. Many of them went down the rocks for the better view. Be careful when the lights are flashing. Since it is a Dam, the water can be released at anytime. Overall it was a full day of fun.
  • I really loved the park. I wanted to do more but it was raining hard and pretty much all trails became treacherous rapidly in the rain. hiker beware. I think some of the main trails that are the moneymakers for the park were closed for various reasons. I hope park personnel can quickly get them back open as this would warrant second and third trips by me and my family.
  • I've been here twice before and came back again and went hiking here with a friend this weekend. We hiked on 4 trails. We had a blast and it was so beautiful. This is one of my favorite state parks. It's beautiful and has some of the most exciting and unique hiking trails.
  • A beautiful park. We stayed in the cabins, and I would do it again. The cabins were very well kept, very comfortable. The area of the park they were in was always quiet and secluded. At the time that I was there, there were not a lot of trails open due to high levels of water being released from the dam.
  • We have hiked all over the United States.... This place has some of the best waterfalls anywhere.... Some are just right off the road to look at.... It's the best place for sure in Tennessee even better than the Smoky Mountains...... You must go!.... Must be a hidden secret, because it was not crowded.

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