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Old Stone Fort State Park, Manchester

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4.3/5 based on 160+ 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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  • After visiting the ancient Native American ruins at Mesa Verde in Colorado and at Cahokia in Illinois, we were anxious to visit the Old Stone Fort near Manchester, Tennessee. It is a prehistoric struc...  read more »
  • Nice park! The waterfalls were beautiful. Bring your hiking boots lots of rocks. We were there for about an hour. 
  • We drove here for a nice hike and to see the indian wall/stone fort. They were having a knapin festival. That was a great added bonus. A great hike that was relatively flat. I would recommend boots be...  read more »
  • This is among my favorite spots to camp, and my wife and I are on track to stay here several times each year. The area is a Native American ceremonial area, and there are trails to see the mound so important to them and the area. The iron bridge to the campground is fairly narrow, but our camper fit through it with no issue. The campground is quite peaceful, and there are lots of squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and the occasional deer to keep things interesting. There are several roundabouts in the campground, and navigating them is fairly easy - so is backing into the camping spots. The museum and souvenir store are nice, and everyone we met who worked in the area was super nice. Firewood is available nearby at a local store, and there is a family owned trading post-style store (Forty One Market) nearby for fuel, sandwiches, and the expected camp items. We've been to this site many times and will certainly return many more in the future!
  • Hands down one of the best camping experiences . I'm the sort of novice city camper who enjoys the outdoors but likes using an actual toilet. Highlights Excellent drive in camp sites only $20 a night. There was a fire-pit, grill , outlets a picnic table and water pump on site. There are several restrooms nearby as well. The woman's bathroom was unexpectedly well maintained with marble counters and toilet paper , the showers were also very clean.
  • I have camped here for ten nights over the past year. Most recently, June 9-13th on campsite 44. Great shade, nice trails and beautiful water "falls". The sites have a private feel because they're surrounded by large trees. The park rangers are the best, they're friendly, professional and willing to help on a moments notice (my stepfather had a medical emergency). Close to town as well.
  • Beautiful hikes through sacred grounds. Several trails are suitable for family or beginning hikers. There are also more advanced trails.
  • This is great park. The trail has great views. There is a nice campground and a nice picnic area.
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