Rock Island State Park

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1 We drove east on Chicken Road from Cedars of Lebanon State Park to go visit Rock Island State Park. It was our first time to see this area of the Western Highland Rim. The land slowly rises in elevation.

We drove east on Chicken Road from Cedars of Lebanon State Park to go visit Rock Island State Park. It was our first time to see this area of the Western Highland Rim. The land slowly rises in elevation.

We drove east on Chicken Road from Cedars of Lebanon State Park to go visit Rock Island State Park. It was our first time to see this area of the Western Highland Rim. The land slowly rises in elevation. 797
2 The rolling hills of the Western Highland Rim can be seen in the distance in this photo. We were surprised to see many nurseries where trees, shrubs and many bedding plants are grown. It is amazing how someone can live in a state all their life and sti...

The rolling hills of the Western Highland Rim can be seen in the distance in this photo. We were surprised to see many nurseries where trees, shrubs and many bedding plants are grown. It is amazing how someone can live in a state all their life and sti...

The rolling hills of the Western Highland Rim can be seen in the distance in this photo. We were surprised to see many nurseries where trees, shrubs and many bedding plants are grown. It is amazing how someone can live in a state all their life and still learn about new areas! 876
3 <strong>Rock Island State Park</strong> is a jewel of a park nestled next to Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork and Collins Rivers in Warren County. Sand Beach is a large natural sand beach (it wasn't trucked in like some beaches in T...

Rock Island State Park is a jewel of a park nestled next to Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork and Collins Rivers in Warren County. Sand Beach is a large natural sand beach (it wasn't trucked in like some beaches in T...

Rock Island State Park is a jewel of a park nestled next to Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork and Collins Rivers in Warren County. Sand Beach is a large natural sand beach (it wasn't trucked in like some beaches in TN!). For more information on the park, visit the website: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/RockIsland map... 1609
4 Rock Island State Park is also known for its famous waterfalls. <strong>Lower Great Falls</strong> is easily viewed from an overlook. It is possible to get down to the falls by way of a steep trail.

Rock Island State Park is also known for its famous waterfalls. Lower Great Falls is easily viewed from an overlook. It is possible to get down to the falls by way of a steep trail.

Rock Island State Park is also known for its famous waterfalls. Lower Great Falls is easily viewed from an overlook. It is possible to get down to the falls by way of a steep trail. 1013
5 We saw some people jump from the cliff near the waterfall into pool below. This is a dangerous form of entertainment, one mistake could result in paralysis or even death!

We saw some people jump from the cliff near the waterfall into pool below. This is a dangerous form of entertainment, one mistake could result in paralysis or even death!

We saw some people jump from the cliff near the waterfall into pool below. This is a dangerous form of entertainment, one mistake could result in paralysis or even death! 1216
6 We saw these 2 kids jumping from the large rock. Someone added a wooden ladder above the rock to make the jump a little easier.

We saw these 2 kids jumping from the large rock. Someone added a wooden ladder above the rock to make the jump a little easier.

We saw these 2 kids jumping from the large rock. Someone added a wooden ladder above the rock to make the jump a little easier. 964
7 The path from the bluff to the river is a challenge when it is wet. It is not a trail for flipflops or open sandals!

The path from the bluff to the river is a challenge when it is wet. It is not a trail for flipflops or open sandals!

The path from the bluff to the river is a challenge when it is wet. It is not a trail for flipflops or open sandals! 898
8 Hanging gardens of ferns grow thickly on the damp northeast-facing cliff. At times I felt as though I was in a Hawaiian rainforest instead of middle Tennessee!

Hanging gardens of ferns grow thickly on the damp northeast-facing cliff. At times I felt as though I was in a Hawaiian rainforest instead of middle Tennessee!

Hanging gardens of ferns grow thickly on the damp northeast-facing cliff. At times I felt as though I was in a Hawaiian rainforest instead of middle Tennessee! 1392
9 Southern Maidenhair Ferns on the cliff at Rock Island SP.

Southern Maidenhair Ferns on the cliff at Rock Island SP.

Southern Maidenhair Ferns on the cliff at Rock Island SP. 867
10 Mosses and algae grow at the base of the cliff.

Mosses and algae grow at the base of the cliff.

Mosses and algae grow at the base of the cliff. 809
11 I was excited to find these Liverwort plants! The ones on the left with the tiny umbrella-shaped structures are male plants. The lighter colored green plants on the right have small green <em>gemmae cups</em>, used for vegetative reproduction.

I was excited to find these Liverwort plants! The ones on the left with the tiny umbrella-shaped structures are male plants. The lighter colored green plants on the right have small green gemmae cups, used for vegetative reproduction.

I was excited to find these Liverwort plants! The ones on the left with the tiny umbrella-shaped structures are male plants. The lighter colored green plants on the right have small green gemmae cups, used for vegetative reproduction. 798
12 The Caney Fork River below the Lower Great Falls has lots of large boulders, great for rockhopping! The rocks can be slick, so wear sturdy shoes and be careful!

The Caney Fork River below the Lower Great Falls has lots of large boulders, great for rockhopping! The rocks can be slick, so wear sturdy shoes and be careful!

The Caney Fork River below the Lower Great Falls has lots of large boulders, great for rockhopping! The rocks can be slick, so wear sturdy shoes and be careful! 858
13 This wooden, one-lane bridge at Rock Island State Park crosses the Caney Fork River, you have to cross it to go to the Twin Falls overlook.

This wooden, one-lane bridge at Rock Island State Park crosses the Caney Fork River, you have to cross it to go to the Twin Falls overlook.

This wooden, one-lane bridge at Rock Island State Park crosses the Caney Fork River, you have to cross it to go to the Twin Falls overlook. 876
14 The limestone rocks near Twin Falls are full of <strong>crinoid fossils</strong>, proof that middle Tennessee was covered by a shallow sea during the Middle Ordovician Period (460 million years ago). Crinoids were a type of stalked <em>echinoderm</em>,...

The limestone rocks near Twin Falls are full of crinoid fossils, proof that middle Tennessee was covered by a shallow sea during the Middle Ordovician Period (460 million years ago). Crinoids were a type of stalked echinoderm,...

The limestone rocks near Twin Falls are full of crinoid fossils, proof that middle Tennessee was covered by a shallow sea during the Middle Ordovician Period (460 million years ago). Crinoids were a type of stalked echinoderm, related to sea stars ("starfish"). These small circles, called "ossicles", are broken pieces of the stalks. 1760
15 These Fossils are unbroken stalks of crinoids.

These Fossils are unbroken stalks of crinoids.

These Fossils are unbroken stalks of crinoids. 1039
16 The Great Falls powerhouse below the dam.

The Great Falls powerhouse below the dam.

The Great Falls powerhouse below the dam. 889
17 The limestone rock formations near the falls are pocked with holes.

The limestone rock formations near the falls are pocked with holes.

The limestone rock formations near the falls are pocked with holes. 972
18 Twin Falls is a "man-made" waterfall which occured when the Collins River rose as it backed up behind the Great Falls Dam. The water began to leak from Great Falls Lake through caves in the hillside. The spectacular 65' - 80' falls cascaded into the Ca...

Twin Falls is a "man-made" waterfall which occured when the Collins River rose as it backed up behind the Great Falls Dam. The water began to leak from Great Falls Lake through caves in the hillside. The spectacular 65' - 80' falls cascaded into the Ca...

Twin Falls is a "man-made" waterfall which occured when the Collins River rose as it backed up behind the Great Falls Dam. The water began to leak from Great Falls Lake through caves in the hillside. The spectacular 65' - 80' falls cascaded into the Caney Fork River below. Pretty nice for a big "leak"! :) 1015
19 A pretty side cascade stair-steps down the cliff next to Twin Falls.

A pretty side cascade stair-steps down the cliff next to Twin Falls.

A pretty side cascade stair-steps down the cliff next to Twin Falls. 1119
20 A fisherlady tries her luck on the Caney Fork River below the falls.

A fisherlady tries her luck on the Caney Fork River below the falls.

A fisherlady tries her luck on the Caney Fork River below the falls. 866
21 These 2 fishermen were getting ready to try their luck too. I got to try out a bit of my new Spanish skills (I'm just learning!) with them.

These 2 fishermen were getting ready to try their luck too. I got to try out a bit of my new Spanish skills (I'm just learning!) with them.

These 2 fishermen were getting ready to try their luck too. I got to try out a bit of my new Spanish skills (I'm just learning!) with them. 894
22 These vultures were coming in to roost on a railing above the powerhouse late in the evening. They have left their white-streaked "calling cards" on the limestone cliff to the left.

These vultures were coming in to roost on a railing above the powerhouse late in the evening. They have left their white-streaked "calling cards" on the limestone cliff to the left.

These vultures were coming in to roost on a railing above the powerhouse late in the evening. They have left their white-streaked "calling cards" on the limestone cliff to the left. 953
23 Rock Island State Park has 10 nice cabins for rent to visitors. The following photo shows the inside of the cabin. Contact the park for rental rates.

Rock Island State Park has 10 nice cabins for rent to visitors. The following photo shows the inside of the cabin. Contact the park for rental rates.

Rock Island State Park has 10 nice cabins for rent to visitors. The following photo shows the inside of the cabin. Contact the park for rental rates. 1390
24 An inside view of a Cabin at Rock Island State Park.

An inside view of a Cabin at Rock Island State Park.

An inside view of a Cabin at Rock Island State Park. 1674
25 Rock Island State Park has something for anyone who is interested in nature. Kenny and I enjoyed watching this Dragonfly when it landed on a near-by rock.

Rock Island State Park has something for anyone who is interested in nature. Kenny and I enjoyed watching this Dragonfly when it landed on a near-by rock.

Rock Island State Park has something for anyone who is interested in nature. Kenny and I enjoyed watching this Dragonfly when it landed on a near-by rock. 1047

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