Rock Island State Park - Tennessee

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The scenic beauty of this wooded park is dominated by the Great Falls of the Caney Fork River - an imposing limestone gorge (called a gulf in southern culture). It provides scenic overlooks, waterfalls and deep pools for fishing, rock-hopping and exploring. Located at the confluence of the Collins and Caney Fork Rivers, this 883-acre park has a natural sand beach on Center Hill Resevoir. Historic features of the park include a 19th century textile mill and one of Tennessee's early hydroelectric plants.

Lake and River fishing

Boating and fishing are very popular on Center Hill Lake as well as on Great Falls Lake. There is a free public launching ramp on Great Falls Lake. The Blue Hole, on Center Hill Lake, lies adjacent to the park shore and is the spawning ground for the walleye in Center Hill Lake. It is considered one of the finest fishing places in the state. It is accessible via a boat launching ramp located in the park. Fishing is best in the spring, but visitors enjoy boat riding and skiing well into the fall.

Fish catches include bass, musklunge, and bluegill. Valid TN Fishing license is required.


The park features 10 cabins. The three bedroom/two bath cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping including appliances, coffee pot, microwave, cooking utensils, dishes, and linens. Each cabin also features a fireplace with gas logs (seasonal), television, VCR, and charcoal grill. The cabins are open year round. No pets are allowed with the exception of service animals. 1/2 mile from Center Hill Lake.


Rock Island has 60 campsites, each equipped with 30 amp electrical and water hookups, grill, and picnic table. Three modern bathhouses (with hot water showers, lavatories, and commodes) are located in the camping area. There is a dump station at the far end of the campground for the convenience of self-contained camping rigs. Campers must register at the park office. Campsites can be reserved, maximum stay limit is two weeks. This facility is open year round.

Camping reservations can be made up to one year in advance and are recommended.

Programs and Activities

Programs are scheduled on a weekly basis throughout the summer and include activities such as: Interpretive hikes -- Canoe floats -- Pontoon boat tours -- Birdwalks -- Rock hops in the gorge -- Live animal programs -- Softball -- Volleyball -- Horseshoes and much more.

Also enjoy: Tennessee Wildlife -- Interpretive Canoe Float-Seasonal -- Owl Prowl-Seasonal -- Campfire Program -- Birding Programs

Picnic Facilities

There are four picnicking areas wtihin the park. All are equipped with tables, grills, and drinking water. All have restroom facilities.

Two picnic pavilions that can accommodate up to 100 people each, can be reserved for group use. Reservations may be made up to a year in advance.


The park's natural sand beach is located on the headwaters of the beautiful Center Hill Lake. Adequate parking space and a modern bathhouse are provided. No lifeguards on duty.

Other Actiities

Badminton -- Basketball -- Horseshoes -- Ping-Pong -- Playground -- Softball -- Tennis Courts -- Volleyball -- Board Games

Tour Buses

Buses are welcome at the park.


Rock Island State Park, 82 Beach Road, Rock Island , TN 38581-4200

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