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Rock Island Weekend Getaway
Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29
Spend a relaxing weekend swimming, canoing and of course playing the popular dodge ball game at one of the most popular trips of the year to Rock Island! We’ll car camp (tents are close to where you park) at the Overflow section of the park.
What to Bring:
Bring your own food for the weekend, water, sunscreen, swimsuit, shoes to swim in and all camping gear for car camping. Campground has a bath house with showers. Alcohol is not allowed in the park. The park has a boat ramp for Center Hill Lake, so if you have a boat, feel free to bring it.
About Rock Island:
Rock Island State Park is a very unique park with numerous rock formations and swimming holes and is located a 1 1/2 hour drive east of Nashville.The 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 Reservoir. Historic features of the park include a 19th century textile mill and one of Tennessee’s early hydroelectric plants.
The park has four hiking trails with the gorge area below the dam being the most popular.
Caney Fork Gorge
A beautiful limestone gorge runs between the Great Falls Dam and the Twin Falls. This is a popular area for rock hopping, swimming and fishing. The area is populated with Great Blue Herons, wildflowers and waterfalls.
Collins River Nature Trail
A three mile loop along the outer edge of the Collin’s River peninsula. The trail winds beside the riverbank and gives the hiker a chance to view white-tailed deer, pleated woodpeckers, Christmas ferns and a wide variety of wildflowers.
This 1 1/2 mile trail runs from the Blue Hole picnic area to the Badger Flatt picnic area down by the park’s natural sand beach on Center Hill Lake. This trail is naturally stocked with an abundant array of wildflowers and songbirds. Flowers include mountain laurel, pink and white trillium, little brown jug, bloodroot and yellow violet. Some birds which can be seen include prothonotary warblers, belted kingfishers and osprey.
This short half mile trail runs past the base of an old moonshine still and is teaming with wildlife. Hikers on this trail might get to see Firepink, Jack-in-the Pulpit, deer and barred owls. This trail begins at the tennis court parking lot and ends next to campsite 39.
These are our four main hiking areas in the park but there are a number of other places in the park worth exploring.
Costs & Reservations:
The cost of this trip is:
Before June 1st:
$15 per person for Team Green Members
MEMBERS REGISTER HERE
$25 per person for Non-Members
Non-Members REGISTER HERE
After June 1st: $20 for Team Green Members $30 for Non-Members
Rules & Regulations
The price is regardless of whether you stay 1 night or 2. There will be
no refunds given and the final cut off will be June 25th.
You are encouraged to bring your canoes/kayaks and even motorized boats.
There is a boat launch for Center Hill Lake accessible within the park.
You will be responsible for your own equipment, food, transportation,
firewood, etc. Children and friendly, socialized dogs are welcome.
However, we would like to keep the total number of animals to a
reasonable limit. If you would like to bring your animal please e-mail
me first to ensure there is still an opening. There will be designated
sites for persons with dogs and others for those that would prefer not
to be around animals.
Park rules dictate that dogs be kept on a leash AT ALL TIMES, but are
welcome in all areas of the park, including swimming areas. Please be
aware, if you are not being a responsible pet owner and/or your animal
is being a nuisance I reserve the right, at any time, to ask you to take
your animal home.
Once you register I will be sending additional information that will be
of interest. But please feel free to e-mail me with any additional
questions about this trip. Email Stephanie Cook