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Rock Island State Park, Rock Island

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4.6/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • My husband, me and my twin 9 year old boys and our puppy rented one of the 10 cabins at the park in October for a weekend. The cabin was really nice and big. The website does not give a good descripti...  read more »
  • If you like waterfalls this is a nice place to stop off on a journey anywhere in the local vicinity, we were on our way to Nashville. We took the steps down to the falls area and have to say they are ...  read more »
  • Beautiful waterfall views, nice trails; not as crowded as Fall Creek Falls, so more enjoyable for us. 
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • One of the most beautiful places in the United States and surrounded with a strong, caring community of individuals that make folks from all over feel right at home! I dare you to come for a visit and not move here!
  • Amazing views and excellent swimming areas. ps: there's a locally known spot called the "warm hole" that is excellent for swimming pretty much year-round - ask a local how to get there, or check out: 35.805342, -85.628696