There's an abundance of beautiful nature to explore around rock island state park. Watch this video to see for yourself!
There are many company's that provide kayaking in McMinnville TN we recommend Smooth Rapids feel free to contact them at the number below and tell them Happy Yaker says hey!
Rock Island State Park has a total of 870 acres with 10 waterfalls total! the most famous of these ten are Great Falls and Twin Falls, Twin falls is located at the end of our road!
There's is many trail heads to explore, some of our favorites are
Collins River Nature Trail — 3.0 Miles — Natural — Moderate
A 3-mile loop along the outer edge of the Collin’s River peninsula. The trail winds beside the riverbank and gives the hiker a chance to view white-tailed deer, pileated woodpeckers, Christmas ferns and a wide variety of wildflowers. New Connector Trail shortens the trail to 2 miles and takes hikers alongside two cemeteries of the first settlers.
Eagle Trail — 1.4 Miles — Natural — Moderate
This 1.5-mile trail runs from the Blue Hole picnic area to the Badger Flatt picnic area down by the park’s natural sand beach on Center Hill Lake. This trail is naturally stocked with an abundant array of wildflowers and songbirds. Flowers include mountain laurel, pink and white trillium, little brown jug, bloodroot, and yellow violet. Some birds which can be seen include warblers, belted kingfishers and osprey.
Moonshine Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural — Moderate
This short half-mile trail runs past the base of an old moonshine still and is teaming with wildlife. Hikers on this trail might get to see Firepink, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, deer and barred owls. This trail begins at the tennis court parking lot and ends next to campsite 39.
Bluff Trail — 1.7 Miles — Natural — Moderate
Hikers and bikers are permitted on this wooded, 1.7 mile, lollipop trail that begins at the tennis court parking area. A short side spur blazed in blue brings hikers to a bench overlooking Center Hill Lake below. Hikers may catch a glimpse of a wild turkey, eagle, or coyote on this trail.
Downstream Trail — 1.7 Miles — Natural — Moderate
The Downstream Trail is a 1.6-mile lollipop. It departs from Twin Falls Overlook and continues along the very steep bluff line bordering the river. It features views of the Blue Hole below, Twin Falls, Little Falls, and various seeps, as well as many spring wildflowers & rock formations. Swimming along this portion of the river is very dangerous and not permitted.
Upstream Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural — Moderate
The Upstream Trail is 0.5 miles one way. It departs from Twin Falls Overlook parking area going east (across cable) and it provides access to the upper gorge area including swimming spots such as the “Ice Hole” and “Warm Hole”. Swimming is at your own risk in this area. The trail and parking area close at sundown between November and March, and at 6:00 p.m. from March to November.
Blue Hole Trail — 0.5 Miles — Rocky — Strenuous
This extremely steep, wet and rugged 0.5-mile one-way trail runs down a windy slope that extends along a beautiful waterfall seep. It is very strenuous & has many steep steps. It has been a popular fishing spot since the settlement of the area. Numerous wildflowers, mosses, and ferns can be seen. Some sections have moving and standing water. (Wetlands are fragile - please tread lightly.) This section of the river is dangerous and swimming is not permitted.
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The water stays between 60-70 degrees making rock islands waters some of the best to cool off in. it is recommended that swimmers be weary of the dam, and waters of unknown depths due to possible deadly currents.
Lost Creek Falls & Cave
Big Bone Cave
Rock Island state Park is completely free to visit and explore, though some activity's may cost. Please see our local attractions page for some of these activity's.