Rock Island State Park

Rock Island, Tennessee


Waterfalls, hiking, swimming and programs

82 Beach Road
Rock Island, TN

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!

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!

Hiking, swimming, fishing, and kayaking are great ways to explore the scenic overlooks, waterfalls, deep pools, and limestone paths.


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. Park trails are known for abundant spring wildflower displays, rugged beauty, waterfalls, and wildlife viewing.

This place is historic too! 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 10 cabins, open year-round. Some of which are pet-friendly! You can also camp in an RV or trailer at one of the two campgrounds.

Fishing is available year-round on Center Hill and Great Falls Lakes as well as on nearby Caney Fork, Collins, and Rocky Rivers. A variety of catches are common including largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill among others.