About the Park
Urgent Notice August 8, 2019: TVA Great Falls Dam is scheduled to be spilling water starting on 8/12 due to maintenance repairs. The water releases may last for several weeks. When the TVA Dam is actively spilling or anticipating water release, all gorge spillway sections of the park are closed. The gorge closure includes the Old Mill Trail, the Upstream Trail, various swimming spots, & other gorge access areas. Please obey all closures for your safety. Dam releases will cause sudden increases in current for miles downstream as far down as the Sandbar area on Center Hill Lake. Please note water may be released from the TVA Dam (or) TVA Powerhouse at any time without warning.
Rock Island State Park is an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim. Great Falls is a 30 foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. Rock Island became a Tennessee State Park in 1969.
For TVA’s generation schedule and more information on the Great Falls Dam please visit: http://www.tva.gov/lakes/gfh_r.htm
*Always use caution in the gorge. Water may rise rapidly. Monitor your surroundings. Leave the gorge immediately if water begins to rise or you hear warning sirens. Watch for slick rocks and swift currents. Do NOT jump into water of unknown depths. Swimming or wading is not allowed in all areas from TVA’s powerhouse downstream all the way down to the main beach boat ramp including by the “powerhouse”, “Twin Falls” and “Blue Hole” due to hidden and deadly currents.
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