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Old Stone Fort State Park, Manchester

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Historic Site
The Old Stone Fort is a prehistoric Native American structure located in Coffee County, Tennessee, in the Southeastern United States. The structure was most likely built between 80 and 550 AD during the Middle Woodland period. It is the most complex hilltop enclosure found in the South and was likely used for ceremonial purposes rather than defense. The structure is now part of Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, one of two archaeological parks in Tennessee (the other being at Pinson Mounds near Jackson). The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Geographic settingThe Old Stone Fort is located on a peninsula created by the confluence of the Duck River and the Little Duck River (the section of the Duck River upstream from its confluence with the Little Duck is sometimes called "Barren Fork"). The Duck River forms the peninsula's northwestern boundary, the Little Duck forms the peninsula's southeastern boundary, and a westward bend in the Little Duck forms the peninsula's southern boundary. The walled area of the structure encompasses approximately 50acre.The Duck River system spills over a limestone-rich shelf of the western Cumberland Plateau known as the Highland Rim. As the Duck and Little Duck approach their convergence, they rapidly drop in elevation, and have cut relatively deep gorges around the peninsula upon which the ancient structure is located. Both gorges are highlighted by a series of substantial waterfalls and whitewater rapids. The natural waterpower in these two gorges attracted entrepreneurs and millwrights throughout the 19th century.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Campground was really nice. Many spots with a righteous tree canopy that keeps the campers nice and cool. Water hookups at every campsite were super clutch for hydration needs. Flush toilets were very...  more »
  • Friendly rangers, gorgeous trees. We got a campsite right on the river, which sends a lovely breeze through the forest. Campsites are large, with individual potable water pumps and generous area for t...  more »
  • We enjoyed visiting the park. They have a trail that runs by the water. Wear comfortable shoes to walk in. They have places to have a picnic. There is a bathroom facility to use.  more »
Google
  • One of the best Tennessee State Parks. Pretty amazing place! There's a river on either side of the park with amazing waterfalls. Great place for a day hike and camping. Lots of Native American history here. Highly recommended if you love the outdoors.
  • Great Parking and many trails to choose from that are well marked. Be sure to see the water falls and old confederate gun powder mill as well as the museum!!!
  • Would definitely come here again me and my dog loved it :) nice variety of challenges on trails
  • The waterfalls are gorgeous and the water is cool and refreshing! Just keep an eye out for local wildlife
  • I'm planning to go but I want to know what to bring if you sell food nearby or you need to bring your own food