ALERT: TVA GORGE CLOSURE from Friday, May 19 through the END of JULY.
Due to summer maintenance at the TVA Great Falls Powerhouse, Great Falls Dam will be actively spilling water into the gorge through July 2017 or later. This will result in conditions likely being much different than summers past. When TVA Great Falls Dam is releasing water, visitors cannot safely enter the TVA gorge spillway area.
Visitors are not permitted to enter the gorge (including via the Old Mill Trail or Upstream Trail) during this active spilling period. Some days during this period releases will be moderate and some days flows may be very large with multiple dam gates being open. The water volume may change from hour to hour. The Downstream Trail will remain open due to its elevation above the flood plain. Please note swimming or wading is not permitted downstream of the Powerhouse at any time, regardless of water releases. The park’s sand beach on Center Hill Lake will remain open for swimming. Very large Dam releases upstream can even affect water currents at the sand beach. Please be aware of all of these changing conditions. Obey all park signage for your safety. Check TVA’s website for water release information and further dam safety data at:
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFO: Please read the text below about the Caney Fork River Gorge and Safety Information prior to visiting the park.
Rates: $20 — $31.25 Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.
Rock Island has two campgrounds, with 20 campsites available year-round.
The main campground has 50 sites, (#1-#50), to accommodate RVs and trailers. Some of these sites will also accommodate tents. Each site is equipped with 20/30/50 amp electrical and water water hookups, charcoal grill, fire ring, lantern hanger and picnic table. Sites #31-#34 also have sewer hookups. Sites #31 and #32 are ADA accessible. There are two bathhouses with hot showers and ADA accessible restrooms. There is a dump station at the far end of the campground. Free Wi-Fi is available. A picnic pavilion and playground are nearby.
Sites #1-#30 are closed from November 2 through March 15 of every year.
Sites #31-#50 remain open for winter camping year-round. Some of these sites may be used for tents.
The tent only campground has 10 sites (#51-#60), each with 20 amp electrical service, water hookups, lantern hanger, fire ring, charcoal gril and picnic table. A bathhouse with hot water is conveniently located nearby. Most are partially shaded and have a grass surface. The tent only campground is closed from Nov. 2 through March 15, each year.
All campers must register at the park office. Maximum stay limit is two weeks. Campsites should be reserved in advance by calling the park office or online. A recycling area is located in the main campground.
Tennessee State Parks Campground Wi-Fi Disclaimer
We offer Wi-Fi for your enjoyment. The signal strength may vary depending on the demand, your location and your device. Our Wi-Fi is not intended for heavy use such as downloading movies, streaming videos or inappropriate content. Should you abuse the system, your access will be blocked.
New Firewood Policy – Effective June 1, 2016 - DON’T MOVE FIREWOOD
In order to protect our forests and trees from invasive insects and diseases, Tennessee State Parks asks that ALL campfires be made with heat-treated wood or downed wood collected inside the park, near the campsite. Please refrain from bringing untreated wood into the park.
Certified heat-treated wood is available to purchase from concessioners in many of the campgrounds as well as from vendors in the communities around the park. Certified heat-treated firewood is clearly marked with a state or federal seal.
The Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive pests are a growing threat to the forests of Tennessee and the surrounding region. To learn more about the pests that threaten Tennessee and what you can do to help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive pests, visit www.protecttnforests.org.Reserve Now