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Rock Island State Park, Rock Island

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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 TVA had a 100 years of interferring with nature...i mean "keeping us safe" private event in the park. Every trail and road anywhere close to the water was closed. We, as paying guests to the park,...  more »
  • This place is just cool... first the old history with the turret spring house and old creepy cotton mill...but then there is the whole "water from the TVA reservoir spilling into a cave system on the ...  more »
  • I realize the weather can't be controlled, but I wish there had been water in the falls. The paths seemingly disappear on a few of the trails (the more difficult ones) but that doesn't bother me at al...  more »
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  • Our second favorite state park in the area. The twin falls waterfall is magnificent and fairly easy to get to. Of course we didn't notice the stairs leading down to the falls until after we climbed down but that was part of the adventure. The ice hole is also a favorite place to go swim when it's really hot out. The water is pretty cold but makes a super hot day just perfect. It's fairly easy to get to also. We haven't explored much more of the park although we want to. I know they have a beach, other waterfalls, and other places with beautiful views.
  • Outstanding spot! One of the most beautiful places I've ever hiked. There are so many amazing water falls, cascades and grottos. Vast open areas of rock, studded with pools and bubbling springs. The woods are also filled with springs and falls. This place is magical. Well worth the visit and hike. The hike can be pretty rough at times so be well prepared to climb and jump. Excellent swimming areas.
  • Gorgeous waterfalls. My son and I tent-camped and enjoyed the campsite; it had water and electricity, and pop-up campers and RV's were not permitted (there is a separate campground for them). The bathroom/shower was clean and the only annoying thing was raccoons raiding trash cans at 1 am. The park is not one of the largest, so there were limited hiking trails, but the trails they had led to some great views of waterfalls and the gorge. We took our john-boat and there was good access to put the boat in.
  • This is a good park with lots of picnic areas and great scenery. One large Pavilion that will accommodate a family reunion with restrooms nearby. Good fishing. A swimming area in the summertime. Camping both primitive and with RV hookups. Be sure stop in the nearby store at the park entrance Rock Island Market best cheeseburger around!
  • Had so much fun, the park is well maintained. They do close at 6 and someone comes around about 15 minutes. The park is so beautiful