2020-11-10 – Rock Island State Park

Dateline: November 10, 2020

The three "Phototeers" loaded up and went to Rock Island State Park to check out the Fall foliage.  When we arrived on site, we could tell that the Fall foliage was just a bit past prime colors, but there were still some colors in the trees.

We photographed the Castle Springhouse and then went down the metal steps to shoot the "No Name" cascade falls.  This is a cascade waterfall that has water coming through the layers of rocks and then drains down into the river below.  I had shot it a couple of times before, but never with as much water flow as it had on this day.

After shooting the cascade waterfall, I made my way down to the rocky river bed and took some shots of the rapids where the river came around large rocks through channels cut into the rocks over time.

The great thing about Rock Island State Park is that you can go out on the rocks and not get your feet wet.  You just have to watch your step and look where you're going.

Rock Island State Park is an 883-acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins, and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim.

Great Falls is a 30-foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th-century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. Rock Island became a Tennessee State Park in 1969.

The Caney Fork River Gorge contains scenic overlooks, waterfalls, deep pools, and limestone paths perfect for hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and exploring. The park’s whitewater sections attract professional freestyle kayakers from around the world. It also features a natural sand beach and boating access on Center Hill Lake.

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