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Rock-Island is a town located in the northeastern portion of Warren County in central Tennessee. The community is named for a small island that existed before the erection of the Great Falls Dam, which is situated at the confluence of the Collins and Caney Fork Rivers. Rock Island is most notable for being home to Rock Island State Park. This beautiful forested park is dominated by the Great Falls of the Caney Fork River, which creates a fantastic limestone gorge. This gorge has scenic overlooks, waterfalls and clear, deep pools for fishing and exploring. The 883 acre park also contains a natural sand beach for swimming, has four spacious picnic areas, cabins and campsites for camping, hiking and more. Rock Island Park has become well known for kayaking or "playboating." Below Great Falls Dam is a series of rapids with a constant, retentive "hole" that allows playboaters to ride the waves, spinning, rolling and honing their whitewater rafting skills. Special programs are also offered at Rock Island State Park on a weekly basis throughout the summer. Just a few of the many programs offered include interpretive hikes, pontoon boat tours, birdwalks, rock hops in the gorge, live animal shows, volleyball and horseshoes, a campfire program and much more.

Surrounding areas: Sparta, Tennessee (12.4 mi), Smithville, Tennessee (16.3 mi), Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee (16.9 mi), Center Hill Lake, Tennessee (24.2 mi), Pikeville, Tennessee (27.1 mi), Monterey, Tennessee (31.2 mi), Crossville, Tennessee (34.6 mi)

Rock Island Vacation Rentals

Rock Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Of Mcminnville2545 Sparta StMcminnville, TN9.5 mi.(800) 528-1234
Scottish Inn1105 Sparta RdMcminnville, TN10.8 mi.(931) 473-2181
Best Western Tree City Inn809 Sparta StMC Minnville, TN11.1 mi.(931) 473-2159
America's Best Value Inn508 Sunnyside HtsMC Minnville, TN12.1 mi.(931) 474-2570
Baymont Inn & Suites-cookeville1151 S Jefferson AveCookeville, TN24.3 mi.(931) 525-6668
Econo Lodge1100 S Jefferson AveCookeville, TN24.4 mi.(931) 528-1040
Country Inn & Suites1131 S Jefferson AveCookeville, TN24.6 mi.(931) 520-3800
Super 8 Motel1292 Bunker Hill RdCookeville, TN24.6 mi.(931) 528-2020
Comfort Inn & Suites1045 Interstate DrCookeville, TN24.7 mi.(931) 372-0086
Comfort Suites1035 Interstate DrCookeville, TN24.7 mi.(931) 372-1881
Hampton Inn1025 Interstate DrCookeville, TN24.7 mi.(931) 520-1117
Best Western Thunderbird Motel900 South Jefferson AveCookeville, TN24.9 mi.(931) 526-7115
Alpine Lodge And Suites2021 East Spring StCookeville, TN25.3 mi.(931) 526-3333
Cookeville Key West Inn663 South Willow AveCookeville, TN25.3 mi.(931) 525-1110
Knights Inn1814 Salem RdCookeville, TN25.3 mi.(931) 528-5411
Days Inn1296 S Walnut AveCookeville, TN25.5 mi.(931) 528-1511
Garden Hotel970 S Jeffson AveCookeville, TN26.4 mi.(931) 526-7125
Holiday Inn Express1228 Bunkerhill RdCookeville, TN26.4 mi.(931) 881-2000
The Scarecrow Country Inn1720 E SPG StCookeville, TN26.4 mi.(931) 526-3431
Southern Motel Apartments1957 West Broad StCookeville, TN26.8 mi.(931) 528-5622

Rock Island Weather & Climate

The highly varied topography has a significant impact on Tennessee's climate. The landscape varies from gently rolling lowlands in the west, rising to the Highland Rim enclosing the Central Basin and on up to the Cumberland Plateau which tracks northeast-southwest across the state in a belt 30-5- miles wide. The Great Smoky Mountains dominates the eastern portion of the state. The Cumberland Plateau Region averages 50-55 inches of precipitation each year, with the greatest in winter and early spring. Thunderstorm activity can be expected in summer. Average snowfall ranges from 4-6 inches in the south and west, and due to the relatively mild conditions, it rarely persists for more than a few days. Severe weather, such as tornadoes, is rare in Tennessee.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 29°F 4.55 in. -
February 53°F 32°F 4.16 in. -
March 62°F 39°F 5.84 in. -
April 71°F 46°F 4.22 in. -
May 77°F 54°F 5.08 in. -
June 84°F 62°F 4.52 in. -
July 87°F 66°F 4.51 in. -
August 86°F 65°F 3.52 in. -
September 80°F 59°F 3.94 in. -
October 71°F 46°F 3.25 in. -
November 60°F 39°F 4.83 in. -
December 51°F 32°F 5.23 in. -

Rock Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Upper Cumberland Regional airport (SRB) located about 18 miles north of Rock Island in Sparta, Tennessee, the Smyrna airport (MQY) located approximately 52 miles west of Rock Island in Smyrna, Tennessee, Lovell Field (CHA) located roughly 57 miles south of Rock Island in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and finally the Nashville International airport (BNA) located around 63 miles northwest of Rock Island in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rock Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA58.9 mi.
Nashville Valley Amusement ParkNashvilleTN70.4 mi.
Tennessee State FairgroundsNashvilleTN70.4 mi.
Water Parks
Nashville Shores Water ParkNashvilleTN70.4 mi.
Aquatic CenterDecaturAL112.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Sparta Golf & Country ClubSpartaTN12.3 mi.
Smyrna Municipal Golf CourseSmyrnaTN12.4 mi.
Smithville Golf ClubSmithvilleTN16.3 mi.
Belle Acres Golf CourseCookevilleTN26.2 mi.
White Plains Golf CourseCookevilleTN26.2 mi.
Fall Creek Falls State Park Golf CoursePikevilleTN27.7 mi.
Ironwood Golf CourseCookevilleTN29.2 mi.
State Parks
Bone Cave State ParkTN4.2 mi. 
Fall Creek Falls State ParkTN18.2 mi. 
Cumberland Mountain State ParkTN34.8 mi. 
Old Stone Fort State ParkTN34.8 mi. 
National Knife MuseumChattanoogaTN54.4 mi.(Technology)
Tennessee Valley Railroad MuseumChattanoogaTN54.4 mi.(Technology)
Chattanooga Regional History MuseumChattanoogaTN54.4 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN54.4 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN54.4 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN95.5 mi.

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