Twin Falls, Rock Island State Park
We're back from Tennessee and oh my gosh did we have so much fun! We were chatting on the ride home (which took nine hours due to delays caused by idiot drivers and construction) and we were both exclaiming that we weren't fully prepared for how much fun we ended up having. Obviously we expected to have fun but this trip truly exceeded our expectations. Every single campground was dreamy, every waterfall more breathtaking than the last, every state park was well maintained and every trail we hiked was exciting and offered unique sights.
I'm going to post about every place we went because each place was just too good to not get it's own post. For my first post, I'm starting with Rock Island State Park, Twin Falls. We actually camped in the same park at the tent-only campground our first two nights of our trip (next post). The campground is about an 8 minute drive from this waterfall. This beautiful gem is apparently, according to the park ranger we chatted with, "not as popular as other waterfalls in the area" which made Michael and I laugh because it was easily one of the most beautiful waterfalls we've ever seen. And yes I know I basically posted the same picture 12 times in a row but I couldn't narrow it down. There are two other pictures thrown in there that you can tell the waterfalls look different- those are two other waterfalls you can view from an outlook about 2 minutes from the campground that are up river from Twin Falls.
Twin Falls legit looks like water appears out of nowhere and gushes from the crevices of the rocks... but that's because it kinda does; technically the water spills out from an underground cavern. Twin Falls was created when Great Falls Dam (upstream from the waterfall) was built and it caused the Collins River to rise. This caused water to seep its way into underground caverns on the south side of the "island" and that water escaped from the flooded caverns through the rocks you see above on the north side! Pretty neat huh? It also makes for a very unique waterfall because the river does not abruptly fall down in a typical style of waterfall, rather, the river flows below this random wall of water that's just coming to join the party that is the Collins River.
We parked in the parking lot across the river from the falls located at the end of Powerhouse Road and took the short and easy path down to view the falls. This of course was not good enough and we grabbed our lunch and rock hopped all the way out to the base of the falls and enjoyed home-made-country-store BLT's while getting misted with cool spray from the waterfall- yum. After lunch we hopped around some more, took some pictures (self timer was our best friend on this trip), and explored downstream. There's a trail that will take you down to a smaller waterfall that runs into the river lower down. Also (we didn't do this) but there is a beach around the bend from the waterfall as well as a smaller set of falls you can jump from and swim in. We saw this waterfall after spending a longgg morning at Fall Creek Falls (I'll do a whole other post on that) so we were pretty tired and just wanted to relax and enjoy the waterfall although now I almost wish we had done the two mile hike to the other smaller falls. But as we were relaxing and enjoying the view we only saw a few other people which was great, any attraction like that with few to none people gets an extra star in my book.
For everything you could possibly want to know about Rock Island State Park and every beautiful little thing within its boundaries go here.