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.
Boating Regulations (exit TDEC)
Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)
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.
For reservations: 800-713-6065
Reservations may be made up to a year in advance.
Rock Island has 60 campsites, each equipped with 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. Laundry facilities are available in the
Camping reservations can be made up to one year in advance
and are recommended. There is a non-refundable fee for making
reservations, however we do not take camping reservations the
same week of arrival.
Tent camping is allowed.
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.
Programs are scheduled on a weekly basis throughout the summer
and include activities such as
Pontoon boat tours
Rock hops in the gorge
Live animal shows
Horseshoes and much more.
Special programs may also be set-up by contacting the park's
Interpretive Canoe Float-Seasonal
For more information on interpretive programs, contact Jodie
Stinson at 931-686-2471
Currently there are no special events at Rock Island State
Buses are welcome at the park.