“Where history meets the river”
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park was built during the Middle Woodland Period, circa 250 AD, nearly 1,500-2,000 years ago. Native Americans used this area continuously for about 500 years, eventually leaving it abandoned. By the time English settlers arrived, it was unclear of what the area had been used for, making Old Stone Fort an immense archaeological attraction.
The park is home to an abundance of activities for guests to enjoy. The hiking trail follows the wall of Old Stone Fort which was used by the Native Americans as a ceremonial gathering place.
The Old Stone Fort Museum, built by Tennessee State Parks, is located near the park entrance. The museum's exhibits interpret the theories regarding the fort's builders, archaeological excavations at the site, small theater, small welcome/gift shop center, historical lineage of early Native Americans, and the culture of its builders. An observation deck atop the museum displays information about the Old Stone Fort and surrounding rivers and views of the Blue Hole Falls.
Great place to see! Mile and quarter loop can be done quick or slow and shows all the beautiful sites along the big duck and little duck river. I recommend it!!
Museum was closed, but a pretty, friendly park
Old Stone Fort State Par is truly a hidden gem located in central Tennessee. Just over an hour from Nashville in Manchester, this archeological park harkens back to pre-Columbian days and the ruins belong to the Native Americans who dwelt in the area. From the hiking trails, you will get multiple views of the Duck River (including some glorious waterfalls) which feeds into the nearby Morton Lake. There is a small museum on site and a quaint gift shop. For history and/or nature enthusiasts, this offers a nice way to get away from it all and spend a few hours.
This park is cute... Am east hike along the water/falls... The old stone fort is cool.
Do you want to see small piles of dirt? If yes, this place has you covered. But other than that this place offers little of interest. This place also has a museum containing only replica artifacts, and a "Time Tunnel", which is a sad attempt to make their sad little park interesting.
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