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.
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Waterfall in Old Stone Fort Archeological Park
This State Archaeological Park is dedicated to the preservation, protection, study and interpretation to the public of this significant survival of ancient culture.
- 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.
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.