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Rock Island State Park

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“great falls”(26 reviews)
“blue hole”(13 reviews)
“the river”(40 reviews)
This park is known for its cascading waterfalls and beautiful water. This park is great for fishing, but it is recommended that swimmers be weary of the dam, and waters of unknown depths due to possible deadly currents. Some of the nicest...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
82 Beach Rd, Rock Island, TN 38581-4200
+1 931-686-2471
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I saw a F/B post of the waterfalls at Rock Island State Park. I thought, if ever I'm in that part of the state, I would make an effort to get there. In July 2019, we drove from Memphis to Gatlinburg. We made a detour...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank TravelDadYT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped while driving across Tennessee. The Great Falls were beautiful as were the Twin Falls. We hiked down to the river at the Great Falls but not at the Twin ones because of the heat. Lots of steps to climb. Many people were swimming...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommend. It is a nice drive in and easy parking. The walk down to the waterfall and swimming area is rough and rocky. Wear closed shoes and be careful of slipping. The hike down is totally worth the experience. You can swim in the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank Tatiana P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a weekend here and truly enjoyed this beautiful park! There are 2 sets of cascade type falls and a beautiful beach by the cliff! There is a huge Blue Hole with its own waterfalls that is amazing! History here too with an old mill...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The campground is nice and shaded with electric and water. The campground has good mobile phone service and free wi-fi. There is a playground that children really love. We took day trips to The Hermitage (President Andrew Jackson’s home) and The Grand Ole Opry. Twin...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love to explore and this find was stunning! My daughter and I took a day trip out of Nashville and ended up at this gem! We spent the entire day hiking, swimming and in utter awe of its beauty! I love the chaos of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank DanaS1781
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have been passing the sign pointing to this on interstate 40 for years and we had some time to kill this time so we made the turn. Mt husband can not walk far but there is a good overlook and next time I will...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Rose B
Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

My husband is disabled and I was so pleased that he could see the gorgeous waterfalls without hiking. From the roadside, the cabins looked amazing. The swimming area was adequate...I believe the bathrooms there were being worked on. It was a pretty drive through the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank janiek464
Reviewed May 22, 2019

Cabin 2 was modern, huge and big enough for 8 to 10 people and very quiet. This park has it all, a lot of different hikes and the gorge is fantastic. A bit difficult to access but the walks down there and the falls are...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank IAMAPI
Reviewed May 1, 2019

This is a small State Park, but full of attractions. Quiet and very well maintain campground.Restrooms where cleaned every morning at campground. They where adding more campsites that will be full hookup. Price was average for a State Park.

Date of experience: April 2019
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May 28, 2019|
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Response from Experience789285 | Reviewed this property |
Part of the great falls where closed due to possible flooding when I was there. That might be what you seen not sure, but everywhere else I went had signs posted no swimming. There's at park call Burgess Fall State Park not... More
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May 19, 2019|
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Response from Barbara S | Reviewed this property |
None of the towns around Rock Island are very large. It is located between McMinnville, Smithville, and Sparta. Cookeville and Murfreesboro are both larger but thirty to forty miles farther than the first three towns... More
May 11, 2019|
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Response from lisamB474LY | Reviewed this property |
short walking trails are too steep for disabled persons. You can drive along each side of the park to set some views of the gorge. There was very little water falling when we were there. It's regulated by the tva. I saw... More