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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 Resevoir. Historic features of the park include a 19th century textile mill and one of Tennessee's early hydroelectric plants

hiking
13 days ago

Eagle trail is a beautiful trail but not much to see as far as sights go. I would rate it as a moderate trail. Blue Hole is at the end of the Eagle Trail and is a trail of its own. I would rate this as a difficult trail with lots of stairs that stop about half way through the trail. The trail is not very clean and is very wet. However it has some of the prettiest waterfalls you will see in this area. You will definitely need shoes you can get wet in.

hiking
13 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. Lots of area for exploring. Definitely not an easy hike. I did it with my kids (10 and 7 years). They did well but there was some sitting and scooting on the little one’s part. Definitely wear good shoes that can get wet, because they will.

nice walk.

14 days ago

you gotta do it!!!!

Best falls I’ve been to this summer!!! The hike to the blue hole was rough. I had two dogs with me, but they did really well. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting wet!

2 months ago

Nice forest and very well maintained. Pretty easy and can be done about an hour. Check out the spring castle on the way back.

Very strenuous but extremely beautiful. Wear waterproof hiking boots or good sandals because my feet got soaked

2 months ago

Originally headed to Blue Hole when we started our hike in the park but headed toward all the falls to the right after going down the stairs & we saw the beautiful different falls here--and the hundred people enjoying the swimming hole (which all but my daughter forget our suits)...will definitely go back again for the cliff jumping!! kids & dogs were out there but for little kids--be careful because there is a lot of climbing on rocks & WEAR COMFY WATER SHOES because you will get your feet wet! You will not be disappointed!!

Very easy hike. You just have to climb some stairs. The falls are spectacular.

The best place for swimming and exploring. We love jumping off the bluffs into the always cool water. Lots of trails in the park too. The twin falls trail is the best & prettiest in my opinion.

Amazing!

Great Trail, Awesome waterfalls! Kids thought the powerhouse was really neat! Trail runs along the river and there is lots to see. Definitely recommend this one for a short trip.....we did this one in light rain and it was wonderful, though we did lose daylight before we could keep going and we made it nearly to the end! Nice views!

Great hike! Beautiful views of the falls. Trail gets narrow towards end of loop. If you really want to explore, wear waterproof shoes to cross streams and walk on wet rocks.

Seriously an amazing and beautiful trail! So many waterfalls and beautiful views! Full trail review and more pics coming to our blog soon! www.Wander-Full-Life.com

Enjoyed so much!!! Beautiful waterfalls!!

hiking
4 months ago

Very short 0.5 mile hike that leads from a parking lot down to the river and a long wall of waterfalls that you can climb behind. Waterfalls were awesome and rocks at the river were large enough to lounge on. Very good trail for those that don’t want to spend all day hiking, but still want to see something cool. Trail is pretty wet as you are climbing down a waterfall the whole time along rocks, man made stairs and ramps with cable for support. Spent about an hour at waterfalls and then hiked back up and drove a little further to the very nice on site beach where you allowed to swim. Swimming prohibited on this trail. Wouldn’t have wanted to try anyway. Not worth the risk.

hiking
4 months ago

100% recommending this trip! The views are beautiful and the water is cold. It’s very refreshing on a hot day. The rocks on the bottom of the gorge bed do make it uncomfortable to swim barefoot. You definitely want to bring a pair of water shoes or a dry pair of boots to walk back up in.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for beginners. My friend and I hiked this one while we waited for the rain to clear so that we could hike down to the falls. Mostly shaded by trees so even in the rain we didn’t get soaked. Maintained very well too!

Very nice hike. Trails are usually pretty wet being near a dam, so bring some good boots. The sights and the swimming hole are epic.

hiking
5 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. I drove over from Nashville to spend the day and did three of the shorter hikes in the area. all of them a moderate hike as far as skill level goes. the falls were a beautiful sight and so was the gorge and some smaller falls as well. definitely worth the trip. Next time I may camp and hike, as there is still more to see!

hiking
5 months ago

This trail has some stunning views. It's an easy hike until you get all the way to the falls. The hike down to the bottom is a little tricky but there are ramps and cables to help you. The views of falls all around you and river at the bottom is breathtaking! Don't try it if you think it might be muddy.

beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful park and trails. A lot of wildflowers and several waterfalls to check out. Twin Falls is one of my favorites.

Very easy and really pretty hike. No waterfall views here but lots of river views and pretty forest.

6 months ago

One of my favorite places!

hiking
6 months ago

Always one of my go-to short trails. Very well maintained and love the falls

I wouldn't really call this a hike but it was nice nonetheless - you take a short (but steep and slippery) walk down to the river. Rock Island seems to be made up of a bunch of little trails so if you want to do some hiking in the park, I'd recommend just doing all the trails. My friend and I did this in a day and ended up with about 7-8 miles total. None of the trails are difficult and most of them are easy to follow plus you get to see more of the park (which is pretty and well-maintained) that way!

The only downside when we went was that they had to close off the gorge b/c of flooding so we weren't able to go into it. I do hope to go back someday when that's not an issue!

hiking
7 months ago

My husband & I did this trail with our 4 kiddos on the last day of our 5-day vacation to Tennessee. We totally saved the best day for last. Loved this Park & this trail as well as Blue Hole Trail.

Beautiful views of a large waterfall!
Just be careful because they are not kidding when they say the water is dangerous. The last time I went the water would have been too dangerous to even go white water rafting.
But when the water is low, you can walk down to the river and take some really great pictures without hiking the trail.

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