The Enclosure Wall Trail at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park

Manchester, Tennessee 37355

The Enclosure Wall Trail at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park is a gem of a small park. Even though it was set aside primarily to protect a walled enclosure constructed by the Native Americans, situated the way it is, high on the bluffs at the confluence of the Duck and the Little Duck Rivers, it has a lot more to see than the walled enclosure.

There are numerous waterfalls and cascades scattered along both sections of creek, and the stone ruins of several old mills also, which once harnessed the power of the waterfalls. Also, in the lower portion of the park, down near the confluence of the two rivers, there are several stands of large, mature hardwoods to explore in the area often referred to as the “moat.”This small park has it all!"

The Enclosure Wall Trail at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park Trip Reports

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9/9/2009
An enjoyable trail with lots of Indian history at this Tennessee State Park. I did the extended version below the Old Stone Fort walls that lead down the embankment to several waterfalls on both side of the enclosure. The Duck River here is active and beautiful, great for pictures. There are also some very steep bluffs along this outside route, please watch children, animals, and grandparents. The total hike for me, taking in the red, green and yellow connector trails was about 3.0 miles from the visitor center/museum. I recommend this for all ages, the difficulty is only hard making your way down to the connectors. Although I did not bring a rod/reel, I bet the fishing is pretty good on the river. There is an old mill enclosure and some other old artifacts and history throughout the trail, that is marked with a guidebook that can be picked up at the center. There is also a 9-hole golf-course on the other side of the river that is pretty nice, but it is not noticeable from the trail.
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Trail Information

Manchester
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.7
Distance
60 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,010 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Area, 931-723-5073
Local Contacts
USGS quad 86NE, Manchester
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