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Rock Island State Park

2223 Great Falls Rd, Rock Island, Tennessee 38581-4233 USA

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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“Amazing State Park in Rock Island, TN”

Rock Island State Park is an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim. Great Falls is a 30 foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. Rock Island became a Tennessee State Park in 1969.

The Caney Fork River Gorge contains scenic overlooks, waterfalls, deep pools and limestone paths perfect for hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking and exploring. The park’s whitewater sections attract professional freestyle kayakers from around the world. It also features a natural sand beach and boating access on Center Hill Lake.

Rock Island State Park has some of the finest Tennessee State Park cabins. All ten, three bedroom, two bathroom cabins, are open year-round. They are located a half-mile from the natural sand beach along the Caney Fork River. The park also has two campgrounds offering 60 different campsites that can accommodate RVs, trailers and tents.

For TVA’s generation schedule and more information on the Great Falls Dam please visit:http://www.tva.gov/lakes/gfh_r.htm

*Always use caution in the gorge. Water may rise rapidly. Monitor your surroundings. Leave the gorge immediately if water begins to rise or you hear warning sirens. Watch for slick rocks and swift currents. Do NOT jump into water of unknown depths. Swimming or wading is not allowed in all areas from TVA’s powerhouse downstream all the way down to the main beach boat ramp including by the “powerhouse”, “Twin Falls” and “Blue Hole” due to hidden and deadly currents.

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Reviewed by
nicole.willers.3

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August 07, 2016
Rated 5.0

Amazing place!!

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vinnyvango

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June 14, 2016

Campsite is small but perfectly formed, with hot showers, laundry and really strong, fast wifi.

The upstream trail leads to an amazing swimming hole - great for adults and kids alike. The 100 falls isnt an exaggeration either. Wasn't too impressed with the fake beach but some may like it.

Definitely worth a visit.

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alyse

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February 24, 2016
Rated 5.0

This place is awesome !!! The falls are really wide and there are larger falls down the way, great for swimming and kayaking

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Rock Island State Park

2223 Great Falls Rd
Rock Island, Tennessee
38581-4233 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • RV Parking

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