Rock Island State Park
Site Directions: From junction of Hwy 56 and US 70S in McMinnville, travel east thirteen miles on US 70S. Turn left (south) onto Hwy 287 and follow signs into the state park.
Lat: 35.80676°N Long: -85.63549°W
Hours: 7:30am - 10pm
Seasonality: year round
Site Description: The scenic beauty and tranquility of this wooded park is dominated by the Great Falls of the Caney Fork River - an imposing limestone gorge (called a "gulf"). 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 Reservoir. Historic features of the park include a 19th century textile mill and one of Tennessee's early hydroelectric plants. The park offers several marked hiking trails.
Wildlife to Watch: Rock Island State Park has one of the largest Black Vulture roosts in the state, with hundreds of individuals seen roosting on power poles. Yellow-crowned Night Herons are seen in summer along the gorge.