Rock Island State Park


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFO: Please note swimming or wading is not permitted downstream of the Powerhouse at any time, regardless of water releases. Check TVA’s website for water release information and dam safety data at:

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

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.