Rock Island State Park


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFO: Please read the text below about the Caney Fork River Gorge and Safety Information prior to visiting the park. 

PARK CLOSURES: On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Rock Island State Park and the Tennessee Valley Authority will be conducting public tours of the Great Falls Dam powerhouse, in celebration of the dam’s 100th anniversary. Twin Falls and the Twin Falls parking area will be closed to all outside guests. Large portions of the beach parking lots will also be closed to all outside guests. To learn more or register for a tour, visit our event page. Thank you.

Rock Island Go Green

The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.

  • Rock Island tracks park-wide energy use to identify areas for improvement. 
  • The park has an exotic invasive removal contract to make the park more habitable for native species which also creates more wildlife habitat. They are also enhancing the ecosystem through butterfly-attracting plants.
  • Tent pads are used in the campground to reduce erosion. The pads are man-made surfaces that protect the ground from damage caused by repeatedly setting up a tent in the same spot.
  • Drainage improvements at the campground  help minimize damage caused by stormwater runoff.
  • The park is part of the TVA’s Green Power Switch program.
  • The park has installed strategically placed trash and recycling dumpsters in the campground.