Downstream Trail to Blue Hole

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Downstream Trail to Blue Hole is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rock Island, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

1.6 miles
223 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

paddle sports







wild flowers



old growth


washed out

An 883-acre State Park with great views and a unique location on the confluence of the Collins and Caney Fork rivers. The park grounds include a lush forest, a sandy beach, and an imposing limestone gorge. Lots of waterfalls and overlooks throughout! Pretty easy out and back trail with plenty of views. Be careful with kids or people not used to balancing. The trail can get narrow in spots. Rock hopping on the river can be very fun but gets pretty dangerous. There is more to this trail and other trails not shown on the map link included. Warning! Always use caution in the gorge. Water may rise rapidly. Monitor your surroundings. Leave the gorge immediately if water begins to rise or you hear warning sirens. Watch for slick rocks & swift currents. Do NOT jump into water of unknown depths. Swimming or wading is not allowed in all areas from TVAs powerhouse downstream all the way down to the main beach boat ramp including by the powerhouse, Twin Falls and Blue Hole due to hidden and deadly currents.

1 month ago

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

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.

2 months ago

Enjoyed so much!!! Beautiful waterfalls!!

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

4 months ago


5 months ago

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!

10 months ago

Great trail. Very easy. I️ advise not going right after I️t rains. Super slick spots. Easy for dogs.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Super disappointing hike. The falls are at the trailhead, and it's such a short hike with nothing to really look at. The trees are really young as well so it's just a super big disappointment.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beautiful hike, pretty steep, not super long. Love it every time!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Beautiful beautiful place

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Nice trial awesome sights along the way. Easy for all age groups. Would go back anytime.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The pros on this trail are fairly easy. 1. It's one of the very few trails that (after going down some "real" stairs) you start at the bottom of the water fall. No steep descent followed up a steep ascent. 2. Rock Island has various activities within the park. You can swim and go hiking on multiple trails. 3. Indoor bathrooms at the welcome center. This is huge when you travel with children. 4. If you do have children, you'll be happy that there are relatively few parts on the trail where you hug along a cliff. 5.The water fall is right there as soon as you get out of your car.

The con - The water fall is right there as soon as you get out of your car. You are basically left with a nature walk out, away from the water fall and back to the waterfall. There are many times where you stop and think "Wait. Where are we going?" If you contrast to a trail like the Grundy Day Loop, there you see water activity all along the path. Here you're pretty much walking among the trees.

I will go to Rock Island again, but I wouldn't go any farther than the water fall on this trail again.

Friday, June 16, 2017

This was a very easy trail to see some magnificent waterfalls. Well worth the short hike.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Loved this trail! Great view and just long enough for a moderate hiker. A little wet in places on the trail but there were rocks that my friend and I used to walk on to keep our shoes relatively dry. All in all, a great trail.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Awesome sight!

Monday, May 01, 2017

The river was massive and powerful, the day was cloudy and thick, but the time spent in my hammock with the love of my life: beautiful. The entire trip out there was wonderful we explored all of the trails and had valuable time together that I will cherish together. I definitely suggest seeing these falls at least once in your life time they were breath taking.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What a beautiful waterfall!! Totally worth the hour and a half drive!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Beautiful trail! Great views of waterfalls and river!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Twin falls is a definite sight to see !!!! The hike itself is short and fairly easy. Getting down to the water WOW!!! It makes you feel so small in life :) Short but you could get lost all day in the scenery.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The views are amazing in spring, very easy hike

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great water falls. First you should stop and ask questions before going into these trails. Twin falls is close to the parking lot but you can hike the small trail next to it called downstream trail that has a great view at the Falls and river and the Little falls. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This was a beautiful area to walk in. There are more falls in this area than anywhere else I have ever seen.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Huge gorgeous waterfall!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

My daughter, friend, dog and I did this hike today. Had a great time. My little 17lb dog was done by the time we finished. We had a nice piknick in the cave at the little falls.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Great trail for exploring the gorge.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

We loved this trail, beautiful waterfall and hike. Perfect for our 3 and 6 year olds!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Me and wife did this today. had a blast. will say going all the way down to the bottom was a challenge because the trail was washed away in places and PS look out for snakes.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Love it! Beautiful sites to see!

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