Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester

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State Park · Historic Site
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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.

The Old Stone Fort attracts history enthusiasts from all over. The park’s museum consists of displays of prehistoric Native American replicas as well as dioramas and photos. The exhibits provide information on the theories regarding the enclosure’s builders, archaeological excavations at the site and the culture of its builders. There is also a small theater for viewing an orientation film and other videos as well as group presentations. The museum also houses the welcome center, park office and gift shop.
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  • Fairly good camping experience. Trails were nice and well marked, some good waterfall areas! The campsites were nice, we enjoyed the fire pits and camp tables being located behind the parking area... 
    Fairly good camping experience. Trails were nice and well marked, some good waterfall areas! The campsites were nice, we enjoyed the fire pits and camp tables being located behind the parking area...  more »
  • The park was the main reason we stayed in Manchester During the walk you could see parts of the wall built 500 years ago. Also at the end of the walk you could see remnants of the old mill. The.....  more
    The park was the main reason we stayed in Manchester During the walk you could see parts of the wall built 500 years ago. Also at the end of the walk you could see remnants of the old mill. The.....  more »
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  • We love this beautiful park. My daughter took her senior pictures there and they turned out so beautifully. It is a beautiful place to go on a hike. You can also check out the museum they have there. Or if you are brave enough, you can swim I'm the cold water. It's a beautiful place to spend the day with the family. Highly recommend!!
  • This place is so peaceful and beautiful. If you love nature and hiking, you'll absolutely love this Park. The waterfall is remarkably gorgeous and was very Zen like to me. The hiking trails are amazing and there room to create your own path if you're an experienced hiker. There are information boards and stone remnants from the Fort. There's a gift shop and camping sites/spots. Just a really cool and wonderful place for any nature lover. I highly recommend this Park!

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