Collins River Nature Trail

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Collins River Nature Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately 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

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Please note that there is no waterfall on this trail. Rock Island Twin Falls can be accessed from another trail just a five minute drive down the road.

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
3 months ago

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

walking
Monday, 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!

Monday, May 08, 2017

awsome

hiking
Tuesday, November 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!!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

easy very peaceful way to spend a Sunday morning

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Easy but beautiful.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Absolutely breath taking views. trails were well maintained. tons of really cool plants and insects to see along the hike. not terribly strenuous but definitely will get the heart rate up. would have loved to be able to find how to get to the other side with the falls. but still beautiful view from across the river.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

One of the best places I've ever got the chance to explore.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This trail does not have the natural features to draw hikers that other hikes in the area may have, but it is a nice hike nonetheless. It is an easy hike without much elevation change.

An interesting feature, located approximately 0.25 miles from the end of the north side of the loop is a family cemetery plot dating back to the late 1700's with reference to the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

hiking
Monday, May 16, 2016

This trail I feel gets overlooked at Rock Island, as it does not contain and running water/waterfalls as the others near the gorge do. However, it is an ideal trail for running, or for an extended walk.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

beautiful

Monday, February 29, 2016

Walked the overlook trail which is a terrible overlook with my 2 and 3 yo. It's just a short distance from the parking lot. Then we walked the blue hole trail. The main trail in front of the twin falls is also good for small children. There is also some things to see at the great falls parking area.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

If you are looking fora easy trail hike this is it! Nice hike with even trail.

hiking
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nice but somewhat boring

hiking
Monday, September 21, 2015

Nice trail. My wife and I are in our early sixties so the trail was moderate for us. Lots of shade and you can see the Collins river in some portions. View doesn't change much. Lots of butterflies in the parts under the power lines.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Easy trail for the family. Mostly shaded and an easy walk. Would be a great trail to begin training for cross country running.

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

Beautiful but fairly boring.

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

We hiked the Collins loop which was super long but beautiful except all the spiders! Then we travelled the upstream trail to swim a while. Fairly easy hike but well worth it!

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

The trails and park are beautiful! However, found the trail marking was not as consistent as we would have thought, especially on the Blue Hole trail. Blue Hole is also treacherous with lots of slick spots and rock climbing.

hiking
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It was great we hiked a few trails...old mill trail which was worth the trip down to the rocks although seemed pretty dangerous with all the slick rocks. Very beautiful. Also hiked blue hole and the downstream of twin falls. Be prepared to walk on and around rocks use hiking shoes and good tennis shoes (no flip flops) on these trails, bring water to drink because it will make you sweat hiking down those rocks and many steep steps to climb!

hiking
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Nice trail, and very peaceful. There were a few others on the trail when we were there, but it wasn't congested. Not very scenic, as far as waterfalls or rock formations, but lots of wildlife in the area. I would recommend this trail for everyone, not too strenuous.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

we camped here for 3 nights, spent one day hiking on some of the trails, we started with the Old Mill Trail, it was down some steep steps with water running down them. when you reach the base is like another world! still under the tree cover it's cool and misty. once it from under tho and you start walking on the rocks! HOT HOT HOT! the cascades leading down to a swimming hole are beautiful. the word cold doesn't even begin to describe the water! we drove around to powerhouse Rd after that, walked down from the parking lot and across tons of boulders to the edge of the great Falls, they were incredible! coming out of the middle of the cliff wall. we them hiked the Upstream Trail and it took us back to that swimming hole. it was a fairly easy hike, until you're at the end and you have to climb down to the bottom. we then hiked part of the downstream trail. but we were hot and tired and ready get back to camp so we didn't finish that one. we now have to go back and hike all the ones we didn't get too

hiking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Beautiful park! Downstream trail is moderate- allows you to see little falls and twin falls. Upstream trail will take your to the greater falls where many people swim- is slick and rocky... and you WILL get wet, so dress accordingly and have fun!

hiking
Friday, January 02, 2015

Down Stream Trail at Twin Falls is awesome. There is a hidden cave with a great falls.

hiking
Thursday, October 09, 2014

The park has 2 sections. One has a 3m loop trail which is marked moderate but i would consider it easy. A hike through the woods, nothing special, but is a nice loop trail which is much cooler than areas out in the open when the heat is on. Also hiked down to the base of falls. It was a day after a heavy rainstorm. The rocks were wet and slippery and covered with wet leaves too (it was October). I would not take a child down this trail. Also completed a 3rd trail stemming from the blue hole picnic area. This was the most fun. Waterfalls drench the walkway & i was soaked along w dog. Attogether the 3 trails were approx. 4.5 m.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Twin falls was visually the best waterfall we've seen around mid TN. Definitely worth a trip to see.
We also checked out the short trail to the blue hole and the little water falls in that area were amazing. Almost like a rain forrest setting. Very impressed.

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