Old Stone Fort State Park, Manchester

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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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  • August 6, 2017
    This was a planned overnight stop . We pulled in and there was no check-in and no info ( maps of campgrounds or trails ) of the park itself . By the end of stay we renamed the park "Figure it Out Stat...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    This park has some trails and a small museum where you check in for camping. Duck river runs through the park you can kayak or take a small boat on it yet there isn't any swimming in the park. The cam...  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    Great place to get away to nature great trails easy to follow waterfall was great site great adventure really enjoyed.  more »
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  • June 23, 2017
    Campsites are large enough to easily hold vehicle Campers as well as a few tents (We always have 3 large tents and still have plenty of space to spread out). There are several trees to provide shade. The river is a short hike, and the restroom facility is clean. The Rangers and staff have consistently been friendly and helpful. The hiking trails are safe and easy enough for children.
  • July 10, 2017
    I was disappointed to see that the "Fort" I was promised had been turned into a gift shop. With only 2 signs in the vicinity, there wasn't much to learn about the area's history either. The only redeeming factors were the nice view of the water and the interesting wildlife (though if you dislike strange insects, you will want to avoid the latter.)
  • July 2, 2017
    Great place to learn some history and get some exercise. Nice place for a hike and a picnic. They are also pet friendly!
  • June 19, 2017
    This park is informative on the geolocial and archalogical aspects of the immediate surrounding area with easily accessible parking and clearly marked information signs. The museum is small but has friendly and knowledgeable staff and is worth a stopping point. There are numerous trails with easy hiking allowing guests to experience the peacefulness of nature around them.
  • March 21, 2017
    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.

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