Collins River Nature Trail

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Rock Island State Park

Collins River Nature Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rock Island, Tennessee that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 177 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers



This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info:

13 days ago

Not a difficult trail at all, which is sometimes a nice change! Was able to do the entire hike in about 50 mins. Nice shade. Didn't meet very many people on this trail but I also went earlier in the morning. Only thing I found a bit annoying was people playing loud music in one portion of the hike where there are cabins across the way.

26 days ago

Great trail for comfort, relaxation to get you in the nature mood! Shaded for nice fresh cool breezes off the water. Definitely great for families!!

4 months ago

Not hard, but worth the effort. Nice views of the river during winter.

4 months ago

Did the ranger-led first day hike of 2020. Went on own for a bit to do the full loop. Trail was a nice easy walk. It was mostly covered with leaves so be careful of the tree roots that pop up quite often and just make sure to follow the trail signs.

6 months ago

Great trail to hike during the fall. Beautiful colors with fabulous old growth trees. Numerous sites along the way. Great for families

7 months ago

A good exercise trail. Not difficult. I saw chipmunks and dear leaping through the forest. Trail is clearly marked and it took about 45 minutes. i saw a burial site for the family Cunningham from the war of 1812. There are headstones with flags. Nice evening hike. It's a loop.

8 months ago

Great Kid friendly trail.

9 months ago

My wife and I hike this trail almost every day. We live directly across the Collins River to the trail. It is an easy hike. Beautiful area to live. We are blessed.

11 months ago

Hiked it today for National Trail Days. Great, easy, beginners hike. Would love to return in the early spring to see the wildflowers.

Sat May 18 2019

Loved the hike! In between easy and moderate. Good small hills and change in terrain. My pup loved it! Really close to the mills access trail so you can go down to the water after this hike.

Wed May 01 2019

rated moderate, but closer to easy. Great trail anyway.

Sat Apr 27 2019

great day with the boys...found Jakes Rest bench really inspiring place...leave a note in the book...we left a painted ladybug rock from Il we had found at Bledsoe State Park

Tue Apr 16 2019

Really nice stroll tbrough the woods, and a lot of lake views.

mountain biking
Sun Mar 17 2019

Not a bad experience for beginners learning to mountain bike.

Sat Feb 16 2019

Sun Feb 03 2019

nice relaxing walk through the woods. no really difficult terrain. good river views, old growth forest and a very old cemetery along the way

Sun Jan 06 2019

Great trail for kids and dogs. Mostly woodland, not a lot of scenic points or overlooks but it was a nice 3 mile hike. Only a few points were really muddy (even though we’ve had record setting rains recently). It would be perfect for a trail run.

Sun Jan 06 2019

Great trail good for families and dogs

Thu Jan 03 2019

We completed this trail on Jan 1 with our pup on a leash and it is a really lovely and flat 3 mile hike. Very peaceful, right along the river weaving through the woods, and back around to the dam at Rock Island! Great mid day hike for all skill levels!

Mon Oct 08 2018

nice walk.

Sun Aug 05 2018

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

Mon Jun 11 2018

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!

Sat Apr 14 2018

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

Sun Jul 16 2017

I liked the trail kids did as well . Very easy in my opinion. Very well kept and clean trail

Tue Jul 04 2017

Beautiful!! These falls are awsome!! moderate trail. We climbed down into the gorge in front if falls. Wow

Mon May 29 2017

We only did a very small part of the trail because t started to rain. We started on the Access Trail, which is 0.3 miles, and crossed over to the nature trail. It was scenic and perfect for a miniature stroll with our pups. The weather just didn't want to cooperate. We will be back though!

Mon May 08 2017


Tue Nov 01 2016

Rock Island is beautiful! The water was cold and refreshing! We went as a family and really enjoyed it. It was busy, which I didn't mind, but the litter was out of control! IF YOU TAKE IT IN, TAKE IT OUT!!!!

Sun Oct 30 2016

easy very peaceful way to spend a Sunday morning

Mon Oct 03 2016

Breathtaking falls (though they don't occur naturally). Lovely surroundings and trails add to the experience.

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