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Waterfall in Old Stone Fort Archeological Park
Description - The Old Stone Fort is a 2000-year old American Indian ceremonial site. It consists of mounds and walls which combine with cliffs and rivers to form an enclosure measuring 1-11/4 miles around. The 50-acres enclosed seem to have served as a central ceremonial gathering place for some 500 years.

This State Archaeological Park is dedicated to the preservation, protection, study and interpretation to the public of this significant survival of ancient culture.

Attractions - The Visitor Center and exhibit hall complex includes exhibits relating to the history, archaeology, and legends surrounding the Old Stone Fort and its builders.

Old Stone Fort Golf Course is the only 9-hole course within the 8 courses operated by the State of Tennessee. This course was originally built in 1973 and known as the Manchester Country Club before being purchased by the State. The course lays along the pastoral Duck River with mature trees encompassing each hole. The irrigation system was updated and the tees were rebuilt in 1995. Old Stone Fort recently completed a new Golf Shop and opened their new facility in fall 1998.

Other points of interest are the Jack Daniel's Distillery, Cumberland Caverns, Foothills Crafts and Bellbuckle.

Recreation - Camping, hiking and fishing are available at this State Park. The park offers educational and entertaining programs which increase understanding of the Old Stone Fort, archaeology, and Native American cultures.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - From Nashville the Park is located off U.S. Highway 41 in Manchester. From I-24 turn southwest at the Highway 53 exit and follow the signs 1-1/2 miles to the entrance. All Manchester exits have signs to the park.

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Filed By: v waters (covington , GA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This park is well maintained by the state of Tennessee, with helpful rangers and guides in the Museum/Information Center. Scenic beauty abounds, and the 1.25 mi. trail around the walls offers views of the enclosure center, the walls, the cliffs and the rivers. Need to watch your step, and certainly keep small children in hand, as there are roots and rocks to trip over, and the trail skirts the edge of the 80+ ft. high cliffs in numerous places. Beautiful waterfalls are accessible, and offer much to study in the way of flora, fauna and geology! Super place for kids interested in ancient cultures and/or nature!

Filed By: Tommy (Tracy City, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I work at the park as head of maintenance. I enjoy the backbone trail as well as the moat trail. I also enjoy the duck river that emcompasses the fort. I highly recommend visiting the museaum and viewing the movies about the old stone fort. Then I recommend touring the main trail. Make sure to get a trail guide from the museaum. The staff are very helpful with any questions about the old stone fort. The park manager, Ward Weems, is an expert on the fort. Feel free to ask him any questions.

Filed By: richard gould (oak grove, ky)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: there is some climbing involed to get down to the waterfalls, we found one ladder but a tree had fallen on it. so ware good shoes. watch your step, the moss and algae can be slick, we also spotted 2 copperheads. don't forget your bug repelent. well worth the trip, my new favorite park.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great location surrounded by beautiful waterfalls.

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Contact Information:
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Area, 732 Stone Fort Drive , Manchester, TN, 37855, Phone: 931-723-5073

Additional Information:
Middle Tennessee Region - This region encompasses the middle 1/3 of the state of Tennessee. It includes the Cumberland Plateau area and over 20 state parks and natural areas.
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.

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