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Old Stone Fort State Park, Manchester

(4.3/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I visited with my two young teen sons with the intention of only doing the one mile hike. We ended up doing the three mile hike. The outdoor trails wind through Indian Mounds, a civil war gun powder m...  more »
  • Came here with a friend to check out the falls. It was such a nice day to come out to the park. We found quite a few people out there doing the same. We stuck mostly to the water line and followed tha...  more »
  • We have tent camped many times at this park. For an early spring March trip we borrowed a friends camper.. so glad we did! Many of the campsites were under water, fire pits included. Thankful for no m...  more »
  • Park is well maintained. If you are interested in Native American history this may hold your interest. Waterfalls are also a draw and a hit especially with younger children K-5. Museum is small but offers interesting documentary and very well versed staff. Fishing and swimming limited at this park due to fecal load in river. Warning signs posted. Wading allowed, but not swimming. Campsite is small, but clean with numerous level sites. A little worse for wear compared to other area State Parks. Similar to Henry Horton, proximity to major roads makes for road noise at night. It won't rob your sleep (except for very light sleepers), but does take away from the outdoor feeling.
  • One of my go to places. Well laid out trails, that are surrounded by water. One of the first places I learned to shoot a long bow and use an Atlatl as a kid. Looks like they have new benches along the trails to rest on and steps that will make it easier for the older folks. Even if you could only donate a couple dollars try and do so to keep this beautiful place on the upkeep. I believe I found part of the old Mills gears just out of the water. I'd bet that's what it is
  • This place is awesome when I went. There wasn't a whole lot of people and I was able to enjoy all Falls without distractions. There is a nice trail and a very informative museum/main office with maps of the trails/falls. I really enjoyed this State Park.
  • Just a minute down the road from downtown Manchester is easy to find trails, camping and the unparalleled beauty of nature. Wow! I wasn't expecting this! Beautiful waterfalls galore, and all the hiking you could want. I will be back.
  • Great rangers, they are very friendly love to answer questions about the park. Well maintained trails and roads. Just a very well kept place.