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Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park

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Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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This is a beautiful park featuring outstanding views of the Duck River and four delightful... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wayne H
Kingston Springs, Tennessee
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Easy, rewarding

I read the low reviews for this place right now and they seemed mostly to do with camping. I can't... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Arwen C
Lexington, Kentucky
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This historic Native American site is perfect for history and archaeology buffs. There is also a museum and theater to offer multiple tools to learn about the history behind this site. There are also a few hiking trails in this 400 acre space. More...more
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
732 Stone Fort Dr, Manchester, TN 37355-3024
+1 931-723-5073
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful park featuring outstanding views of the Duck River and four delightful waterfalls. The trails are not exactly maintained, but the views are worth the walk. I would recommend wearing durable shoes and being careful of ruts and roots. The history of...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Wayne H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I read the low reviews for this place right now and they seemed mostly to do with camping. I can't speak to that experience because this was a day trip, driving in. Park is kept up well. There are trails to mills, so much history...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Arwen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here while on a road trip to stretch our legs. The adults ended up having a nice time hiking around the enclosure trail near the museum, but the kids had a bit of a hard time (age 5 and 8). It was quite...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019

Great trails from easy to moderate. Different scenery throughout the seasons. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Park and facilities are very clean an well maintained

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Shawn W
Reviewed May 29, 2019 via mobile

Campsites are great. A lot of shade trees. Close to area to put in small Boats/Kayaks. Very quiet. No air TV channels at all, and one FM radio station. Cannot hear vehicle traffic from nearby highways. Bathrooms/Showers somewhat old and grungy at campground. I've seen...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2019

Old Stone Fort Park is a great place to go hiking through the wood, enjoying the waterfalls and other scenery, including remnants of a Native American ceremonial site and other, later structures. The museum is small but informative and the park rangers friendly, courteous and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Reviewed May 26, 2019

This place is not actually a fort. It got its name from the early white settlers who mistook it's stone walls for a type of defensive fortification. However, archeological research indicates that it was used for some sort of ceremony, as the entrance is aligned...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Robert S
Reviewed May 12, 2019

The Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park is an unusual attraction with really two complementary parts. First, the name "Fort" is a misnomer. This was actually the sight of Native American ceremonies for about 500 years ago, but was long abandoned even before Columbus's arrival...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 12, 2019 via mobile

Our family enjoyed a rainy afternoon at Old Stone Fort. The two hiking trails - one around the inside, ritual area and one along outside of the Fort next to the Duck River - both have excellent tree cover. On a hot day, this would...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2019

We stopped here on the way to our hotel in Manchester for a walk and garden visit. It was a great choice! Very lovely park, nice history interpretation, and easy, pleasant walks throughout. Highly recommend for families.

Date of experience: April 2019
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May 4, 2019|
Response from Mtnwalleye | Reviewed this property |
It is not a long hike to Machine Falls. As you leave the Visitors Center take the trail to the right and the falls will be less than 1/4 mile.
September 25, 2018|
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Response from byrons854 | Reviewed this property |
Didn’t see anyone swimming here. At the halfway point of the trail there are falls. I would go in downstream of the falls.
May 12, 2016|
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Response from Jayne C | Reviewed this property |
don't know. try asking on FB?