Rock Island State Park

Rock Island, Tennessee


Waterfalls, hiking, swimming and programs

82 Beach Road
Rock Island, TN


Note: The address above (Beach Road) will take you to the park. To see the waterfalls, go past the park entrance and turn on Power House Road. This is a country road (so becomes one lane) and ends near the falls.

Stop at the visitor center and grab a map – it’s handy to have because this is a large park!

There’s a few good restaurants and meat and threes in this area so be sure to stop – enjoy!

Cotten’s Marina is also near this park. Technically, this marina is on Great Falls Lake. Find them on Facebook.

For TVA’s generation schedule and more information on the Great Falls Dam please visit:

Launch ramp area

Home of Great Falls, a 30-foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th-century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago.

What makes Center Hill Lake different from other surrounding lakes in middle Tennessee? We have some amazing state parks that border the lake! Get out there. Of course, we are partial, but Tennessee is just like magic.

One of those scenic parks you must see: Rock Island State Park.

Rock Island State Park is 870-acres located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the convergence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. If you want to really get a feel for Tennessee, this is the place!

Activities: hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing (with a view – hello!), kayaking, tennis, basketball 

On-site: boat ramp, swimming area, picnic area and shelter, amphitheter, sports field, tennis court, basketball court, playground, campsites – Tent & RV

What to Expect: scenic overlooks / viewpoints, hiking / biking trails, waterfalls, deep pools, and limestone paths

Blue Hole Trail

Blue Hole Trail

Photo by Intricate Explorer

Cool fact: The park has hosted the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking World Championships.

A natural sand beach provides access to Center Hill Lake too. The park has eight trails, varying from 0.15-mile to 3.00 miles. You will be in the thick of the woods so enjoy! See spring wildflowers, listen to the birds, and sit by a waterfall.

This place is historic too for you history buffs out there! A textile mill operated here in the 1890s. In 1917, a hydroelectric plant and dam were built by the Tennessee Electric Power Company, just downstream from the Caney Fork and Collins Rivers, creating Great Falls Lake. Resembling a castle, it is now a quaint park feature.

Stay for the weekend! Rock Island has 60 campsites which includes a tent-only area. You can also camp in an RV or trailer at one of the two campgrounds. Book one of the 10 cabins or all for a group trip, open year-round. Some of which are pet-friendly!

Oh and by the way – fishing! Ask yourself: where else can I fish with a view of a waterfall…..?


Make your plans! Come stay for the day, weekend or maybe even a week or two.

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