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Field Trip: Rock Island State Park, Warren and White Counties

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description:  Rock Island State Park is located in the Eastern Highland Rim on the Caney Fork River in Middle Tennessee. The town of Rock Island was a thriving community in pioneer days and a major stop on the Kentucky to Alabama road. The Great Falls Cotton Mill operated there from 1892 to 1902 and the main building is still standing high above the river. The hike will begin at the overlook of Twin Falls. We will then follow along the river downstream to the Blue Hole and loop back past a small cave and waterfall. The trail has a rich spring flora with over 100 species recorded during the TNPS plant inventory in 2012. Bring your camera and enjoy the spring wildflowers. After lunch at the Market we will hike the very short but amazingly diverse Badger Flat loop trail.

Meeting Place/Time: 10:00 AM Central at the Twin Falls Parking Lot. From Rock Island (gas station and archway) continue on Hwy 136 over the Caney Fork River. Turn left onto the first road past the bridge (Powerhouse Rd). In about 2 mi. this road will end at the Twin Falls parking lot.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate 2 mile hike. Bring water and snacks.

Facilities: Rock Island Market (none at the trailhead).

Lunch: At the Rock Island Market or (optional) Badger Flat Picnic Area

Leader: Dennis Horn (cell) 931-581-9901


February 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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