7 Parks near Rock Island, Tennessee
Mar 2016 - $17.00
We initially reserved site 37 and for our 37 ft motorhome. There was no way to safely get it level. After calling the office to request a change, we moved to site number 1 and loved it. Site 37 would probably be fine for a small towable RV. You'll want to avoid it for anything of significant length. The layout of the campground is nice. There are just a few sites with sewer hookups. There are a few sites with inclines, some level. Wireless is great. The park itself is lovely and easy to access. Hiking trails provide lovely views and are well maintained. We saw several people tent camping in nice sites. Will definitely camp here again. - Donna and Steve
Nov 2015 - $22.00
Loved this campground! Beautiful place. Stayed here three nights while visiting family in McMinnville. Fifteen minutes to town and shopping. Be careful on the narrow, winding roads that lead to the park. Groups of deer were wandering just off the roadway. Paved roads. Paved sites. Some sites were tight, and could be a challenge for big rigs. No problem for our 23' Class C. Great wi-fi signal. Utility connections new and worked perfectly. Two-lane dump station, however one lane was closed for the winter season. Trash collection next to the dump station. Restrooms and showers among the cleanest we've seen. Laundry facility worked fine. $1.00 for washer and $1.00 for dryer. Decent cell coverage via AT & T. Only downside is virtually no television reception. Three channels, no major networks. Those with a satellite dish might not have coverage either due to the trees. But it's all good. Turn off the television and get out to enjoy this awesome state park. We'll be back again for sure. - tomnorman457
Sep 2015 - $22.00
Really nice campground. Roads and sites are all paved asphalt. The park recently upgraded their facilities so all the sites are nice. Be careful when reserving a site, there are a lot of really short or narrow sites and several drop off at the back so you may not be able to get your jacks down if you don't size right. Luckily, the site lengths are listed on the website. We stayed on site 39 with a 36' TT, it was a tight fit, but we managed to get it in there. The offset concrete patio was nice with a new picnic table, fire ring with grill attachment, and charcoal grill. Verizon service was nearly non existent(could barely even make a call, and no data service at all) and the CG wifi was poor to non existent as well. A Basketball and tennis court are across the street from the cg and there is a playground in the center with a pavilion and volleyball court as well. There is a sand beach in the park but not within walking distance from the cg. If you enjoy being outside and watching / listening to nature while you relax (which I do), this is the place for you, absolutely, do not miss it! Make sure to check out all the waterfalls and such when you visit, very cool stuff. we will return in the future. - James S21
Jan 2013 - $25.00
Great little quiet park with a dozen RV sites on the hill, that gets great cell phone and air card reception. Tents sites down by the boat ramp on the river (no hookups at tent sites). The owners are wonderful people who keep everything nice, neat, and clean (no derelict trailers). Clean bathhouse with small kitchen for use during gatherings in the pavilion. All sites have fire rings and picnic tables. Great safe place for a long term stay or a quiet weekend of camping, fishing and boating. Playground for the kids. Only drawback is the 1/2 mile gravel road that is fairly hilly...we had no trouble getting in though...would highly recommend! Admin note: Park is seven miles north of McMinnville in Rock Island a non-existent town. - kakampers
Jul 2011 - $30.00
We have stayed in all sorts of campgrounds around the US and generally are not very picky. That said, this is the worst campground we have ever seen. We drove in and out within an hour. The drive in is very difficult. We spoke with the owner several times, explaining at we had a 35' class A, and she assured us this was no problem. The roads in are very narrow and hilly with many blind curves. The entrance to the park is extremely steep and narrow, with a sharp drop on one side. We have driven our RV through mountains and snow in Colorado (ex. Breckenridge) and California (ex. Cobb Mountain), so we are very used to hills. However, the entrance to this park was almost impossible, and would have been impossible with a less experienced driver. Once we parked, we found that the hookups were at the back of the sites and very far away. Power was 50' away from the RV and water was at least the same distance. While we were attempting to set up, we let the kids go to the playground. We quickly learned that there were wasp nests in the playground equipment, when our 4 year old was stung. Overall the entire park was very run down. No sites appeared to be level. This is probably an OK park if you are just looking for somewhere quiet to fish in your tent and don't want any amenities, but this is not a place for a nice RV or family vacation. - Cocoabeachfam
Oct 2014 - $24.00
I'm writing the kind of site specific review I would find helpful...hope it helps someone! Lakefront sites are close together but there are a few gem spots. #11 and 12 are close together, but are great if you're with friends; they share a little path down to the water. #15 is great because it has a path to the water and at the end of the RV sites so no there's no close neighbor on one side. #9 is great for the same reason, you have some rocks to get down to the water but not so on top of your neighbors and great view. #19 has a great view of the water but no direct access. If you have kids it's great because the playground (which is really nice) is right in your backyard. The bathrooms were clean and the attendants were the nicest around. Burgess Falls is a quick 20 minute drive away and absolutely beautiful; take the hike all the way down to the bottom. We did it with our 4&5 year olds in tow, it's not difficult. This is one of my favourite campgrounds. - mamabird73
Sep 2013 - $11.00
Price is senior pass. This is a beautiful well maintained clean COE campground. The gate attendants & camp host were all very nice & friendly & you could tell they enjoyed being there. Campers were also very friendly. The restrooms/showers were old but very clean. We would stay here again. - stella fouche
May 2011 - $11.00
Nice park with W+S+E and a large concrete pull through. Great host and the park was very clean. Nice place for 3 or 4 nights. Would prefer the water front back in sites even though they have no sewer, but they were flooded during our stay. - joemama
Jul 2016 - $25.00
This park is wonderful for families with children. Lots of things for the kids to do. The grounds are beautiful and well taken care of. A great place for a family vacation. - Marsha Smeltzer
Jun 2016 - $23.00
My kids (10,6) and I tent camped here for one night and hiked the Fall Creek Falls trail the next day. We stayed in loop A near the open green space (+playground & a volleyball) which was great because there were a bunch of kids running around. The bathhouse was older but clean. Everyone adhered to quiet hours. We did not have a chance to use the pool or visit the gift shop. We will be back for a longer stay in the future. - Art Copeland
Jun 2016 - $25.00
I read about this state park in Trailer Life Magazine, where it was rated quite highly, and I now see why. It's a great state park--clean, forested, with a large lake, boat rentals, a pool, trails, waterfalls and streams (that you can swim in), horseback riding, etc., etc. We spent two days and three nights here, and had a great time. We probably could have spent another day to see the few other things that we didn't get to see. As I mention below, if you don't have a car expect to do a lot of walking or biking.
I was a bit disappointed with the site for our motorhome, though. I have a 30 foot long Class A RV, and our site was too short for it. The site was very unlevel, and because our site was so short, the front of the RV was only a couple of feet from the road edge, pitched down beyond the leveling capability of our RV. Backing up much more than we did would have put us into the site of the trailer behind us. For an RV of our size, they should have recommended a different site, especially when I told them how large our RV was upon making the reservation.
If you're coming to this park in a motorhome but you don't have a car, expect to do a lot of walking or biking. It's a big park and if you don't have a mode of transportation, it's a lot of "huffing and puffing" on foot or by bike up and down the hilly roads around the campsites. We were in loop D in a motorhome with no car and pretty much had to walk everywhere. Everything you want (trail heads, nature center, pool, general store, docks, etc.) is at least a 15 minute walk, sometimes longer, along combinations of trails and roads that other cars are using. - ualdriver
Aug 2012 - $25.00
This little park off the beaten path truly has a grand view. The owners couldn't be more accommodating, kind, or caring. I hesitate reviewing only because I don't want to give away this private little place on the mountain. I'd like to keep it all to myself. Don't expect resort style amenities, but if you want peace, quiet, and a beautiful view to look at every day, this might be the place to run and hide. Gap Rd can be a bit difficult to maneuver, but to me, it's worth the two miles off the main road. - TaylorShopping
Jul 2015 - $24.00
Very pretty campground. We got a lot with a great view of the water (35) although there are many.
Bathrooms were dated but very clean.
The lake was gorgeous!
Some spaces were close...and some might have been a challenge to novice campers.
We will be back when we are in the area! - Campingjunky
May 2014 - $24.00
Very nice corp of engineers park on a large lake. Sites are oddly situated and some of the roads are a bit tight to navigate but overall a very nice park. RV sites are all paved / cement and have great electric and water hookups. 2 dump stations are available in the park. Verizon phone and data signal available but not super fast (3G). - AirstreamSJ
Aug 2011 - $24.00
This is a great campground located on beautiful Center Hill Lake. We have camped here several times and will frequent it many times in the future. - hawgtitan