Rock Island State Park

Tennessee Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee

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Rock Island State Park


  • Rock Island State Park offers many activities as well as a beach area with picnic shelters, campfire rings, volleyball and more.- Rock Island State Park
  • A playground just down from the picnic shelters provides children with the opportunity to play while you soak up the view.- Rock Island State Park
  • Fishing is popular in the park as well as canoeing and kayaking.- Rock Island State Park
  • The picnic area at the beach offers reservable spots on both levels of the shelter. - Rock Island State Park
  • Take the 1-mile round-trip hike to Blue Hole while in the park. Just be prepared to get your feet wet. - Rock Island State Park
  • Not only is the park beautiful, it is filled with history and fun facts.- Rock Island State Park
  • The view of the gorge and Twin Falls from the overlook is beautiful, but paradise is waiting in the gorge.- Rock Island State Park
  • The gorge is open to the public when conditions are safe.- Rock Island State Park
  • Just one of the many waterfall wonders that you'll find in the park. The area in the photo is located down in the gorge just below Great Falls.- Rock Island State Park
  • A wet hike up to the base of Great Falls in the gorge is the perfect adventure for taking a dip or just checking things out.- Rock Island State Park
  • Great Falls is a large horseshoe-shaped waterfall. Great Falls is visible from an overlook or can be explored further in the gorge. - Rock Island State Park
  • Great Falls.- Rock Island State Park
  • Great Falls parking.- Rock Island State Park
  • Twin Falls magically appeared when the dam was made and water backed in the lake, then made its way through underground caverns to create this majestic waterfall.- Rock Island State Park
  • Rock Island State Park is filled with interesting spots to explore, but areas that are also dangerous at times.- Rock Island State Park
  • Explore the park, but stay safe! - Rock Island State Park
  • Wildflowers can be found throughout the park during warmer months.- Rock Island State Park
  • One of the many waterfall wonders that can be found inside the park.- Rock Island State Park
Overview + Weather
Waterfalls. Swimming holes. Multiple activities.
Some areas are not accessible at times.
Tennessee Cumberland Plateau, TN
Pets allowed: 
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Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Rock Island State Park is one of Tennessee's most unique state parks. From the park's history to the tropical paradise feeling and look to the park, one trip is all that you'll need to be hooked on this beautiful place. The park, located in Rock Island, Tennessee, is filled with some of the best waterfalls in the state, which includes 80-foot high Twin Falls that was created by accident when the building of the dam pushed the water into underground caverns and through to the other side to Great Falls. The horse-shaped waterfall is complete with a swimming hole. During your visit to Rock Island, you'll find plenty of activities to keep you busy.

The area is well known for it's whitewater kayaking and canoeing, as well as fishing. You'll find nine hiking trails and plenty of picnic spots. A swimming hole like no other sits beneath Great Falls and has plenty of places to explore. If you're looking to spend multiple days in the park, Rock Island has 10 cozy cabins available for rental, two of which are pet friendly. Rock Island also has  two campgrounds, one for tents only and an area for RVs. Check out the list of events to get even more involved during your visit; you'll find group hikes, a fall festival and craft fair, the Rock Island 5 Miler Race, and the Rock and Row Triathlon. You'll also find many other Tennessee spots to explore nearby as well such as Lost Creek Falls, Burgess Falls and Cummins Falls. Looking for a great spot to grab brunch? Grab a bite of deliciousness at the Foglight Food house, tucked away on Power House Row, on your way to Twin Falls. Regardless of how you decide to spend your time at Rock Island, the park will be sure to captivate your senses. 

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