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Tennessee
Cumberland Plateau Region
Old Stone Fort State Park
OLD STONE FORT STATE PARK
OLD STONE FORT STATE PARK
732 Stone Fort Drive
Manchester, Tennessee   37355

Phone: 931-723-5073
Old Stone Fort State Park
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Old Stone Fort State Park
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Old Stone Fort State Park
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Old Stone Fort State Park
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Old Stone Fort State Park
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Old Stone Fort State Park
'Waterfall'
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This is one of the MANY waterfalls located at Old Stone Fort near Manchester.

This State Archaeological Park is dedicated to the preservation, protection, study and interpretation to the public of this significant survival of ancient culture. The park offers educational and entertaining programs which increase understanding of the Old Stone Fort, archaeology, and Native American cultures.

The Visitor Center and exhibit hall complex includes exhibits relating to the history, archaeology, and legends surrounding the Old Stone Fort and its builders.
History of the Area
The Old Stone Fort is a 2000 year-old American Indian ceremonial site. It consists of mounds and walls that combine with cliffs and rivers to form an enclosure measuring 1-1/4 miles around. The 50-acre hilltop enclosure moundsite is believed to have served as a central ceremonial gathering place for some 500 years.
Camping
There are 51 campsites with water and electrical hookups, grills, picnic tables and hard-surface pads. A dump station is available during the summer months. One of the two restroom facilities includes showers. Campsite are available on a first-come, first-served basis only and the stay limit is two weeks.

A group tent primitive camping area is available for use by scheduled, organized groups only, such as boy scouts.

Camp sites 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.

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Picnicking
There are 48 picnic tables and grills available in the designated picnic area. The picnic area is located within 1/4 mile of the museum and Old Stone Fort near the fork of the Duck River.
Trails
Several foot trails explore the Old Stone Fort enclosure and Duck River area. The trail around the perimeter of the ancient enclosure is 1-1/4 miles in length. The forks of the Duck River drop over numerous water falls to each side of the Old Stone Fort. There are 2 miles of developed trails beyond the main interpretive trail.
Nature Programs
Programs can be scheduled for school and other groups that provide insight into the significance of Old Stone Fort, the culture or lifestyles of Woodland Indians, and the goals and techniques of archaeology. There are scheduled programs for weekend days during the summer months.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 29 An awsome surprise. by jenn
I had never heard of this park before visiting but I was plesently surprised and would certinly suggest others to visit.
September 6 Trails need attention by Bruce
The main trail is in need of a layer of wood chips. Several places were difficult to transverse on Labor Day weekend, 2010. Museum was good even if it was necessary to request the video (which was out of focus!).
June 3 The wild flowers are magnififcent. by MizLollipop
Come in the Spring when the area is in bloom. Bring a guide a be prepared to be awed. This area is a natural biosphere that has approximately 122 different plant species per square mile.
December 2 fog was great by LKH
good vibrations
June 22 A real gem by Camper John
This is a great campground. The sites on the outer ring has good tree coverage. The back loop can flood if there is a lot of rain, so make sure you get a level site if there is a possibility of heavy rain.


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4510 Murfreesboro Hwy
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Directions
The Park is located off U.S. Highway 41 in Manchester, TN. From I-24 turn southwest at the Highway 53, Exit 110 and follow the signs 1-1/2 miles to the entrance. Exit 111 also has signs that will take you to the park.

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Cumberland Plateau Region
Old Stone Fort State Park
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