Collins River Nature Trail

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Collins River Nature Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rock Island, Tennessee that features a waterfall 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.

2.9 miles
183 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips






wild flowers



Absolutely breath taking views, well maintained trails, and tons of really cool plants and insects to see along the hike.

12 days 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!

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

There’s really nothing to this trail it’s just a 3 mile hike by a river. I came into this hiking thinking is a least see one waterfall since you see some in the pictures but I was disappointed to find that this hike is really nothing special. Only reason I’m rating this 2 stats instead of one is because I went off trail and hiked by the Collins river instead of the trail.

10 months ago

Twin Falls is a beautiful waterfall, and you can rock hop right to the river where the base is (or kayak, etc to the actual base of the falls). We didn't particularly follow any one trail here, mostly rock hopped and climbed around the area to the upper falls (also incredibly beautiful). Lots of spiders enjoying these rocks as well so wear appropriate footwear and use caution.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

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


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

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beautiful waterfalls and scenery. Rocks in the gorge can be a bit tricky but worth the hike. LOVED it.

Monday, October 03, 2016

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

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.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Very family friendly. Camp Tent sites clean and close together. Great trails, waterfalls. Swimming holes and places to kayak or boat.

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.

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


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.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nice but somewhat boring

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.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Beautiful but fairly boring.

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!

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.

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!

Friday, July 24, 2015

We spent an afternoon playing in the water here. We parked at a small lot off Great Falls Road and walked down to the river. We had three adults, a child, and 2 toddlers. The little ones made it down the first flight of stairs, but then needed to be carried. The water from the falls runs over the stairs in many places and some of it was slick. There was a waterfall on our way down. Once we got to the bottom, there was a good bit of rock crawling to find a good spot to set up. We spent several hours splashing around in the water and everybody enjoyed themselves immensely. One thing to take note of: the current. While it was noticeable but manageable in most places, there were several places where the current was VERY strong, so do be cautious with the little ones or weaker swimmers. We are already planning our next trip.

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.

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