Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park - Manchester, TN - Tennessee State Parks

 
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Welcome to Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park
The Old Stone Fort was built during the Middle Woodland Period, 1,500-2,000 years ago. Native Americans used this area continuously for about 500 years, eventually leaving it abandoned. By the time European settlers arrived, it was unclear of what the area had been used for which resulted in it being misnamed as a fort. In 1966, the state of Tennessee purchased 400 acres of the Chumley estate as the core of what is now Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park. The park is home to an abundance of activities for guests to enjoy. The main hiking trail follows the wall of Old Stone Fort which was used by the Native Americans as a ceremonial gathering place. The trail threads through dramatic scenery where you can see the original entrance of the fort which was designed to face the exact spot on the horizon where the sun rises during the summer solstice. Visitors can learn about the Old Stone Fort on this hike with twelve interpretive panels as well as enjoying the areas graceful waterfalls.

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CAMPING
Rates: $24
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.
There are 51 campsites with water and electrical hookups, grills, picnic tables and hard-surface pads that can accommodate a unit up to 50 feet in length. A dump station is open year-round. One of the two restroom facilities includes showers, however that building is not open during the off-season, thus showers are not available at that time. Stay limit is two weeks.
Campsites are heavily wooded with separation between the sites. Camping is equally popular by both RV’s and tents/pop-ups. While the campground has a remote feel, it is actually within 10 minutes of a variety of restaurants. Also, a Manchester public pool is within one mile of the campground.

BIRDING
Birding during spring and fall migration of the canopy can be productive, and the Northern Parula and Red-eyed Vireo can be heard or seen throughout the summer as is the occasional Wood Duck, which was observed and revered by the Native Americans who occupied this site over 2,000 years ago.

FISHING
The Bark Camp and Barren Forks of the Duck River as well the Duck River itself provides descent fishing for Largemouth Bass, bream and catfish. Fishing is good from the bank as well as by boat.

HIKING
Old Stone Fort Enclosure Trail — 1.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Forks of the River Trail — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Abandoned River Channel Trail — 0.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Little Duck River Trail — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Garrison Road Trail — 0.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Nature Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Golf Course Trail — 2.0 Miles — Paved Surface — Moderate

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Location

Address
732 Stone Fort Dr
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Latitude
35.49
Longitude
-86.10
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