Old Stone Fort State Park is a history lover's dream. The park received its name from a misidentified Native American structure that dates back over 1500 years. When European settlers came across it, they had no idea as to its original use, hence it being referred to as a fort.
When the land was acquired from the local Chumley estate in 1966, it was officially rechristened as Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park. For those guests looking to have an exploration on foot, there are several miles of hiking trails open to the public year round.
The Old Stone Fort Enclosure trail offers a 1.4-mile stretch that provides a smooth, level surface accessible to folks of all abilities. This trail leads visitors to the preserved Old Stone Fort in addition to showcasing a few other European dwellings in various states of preservation.
If you're looking for more of a nature hike, the Moat Trail and Forks of the River Trail are both about a half a mile long, and were designed to treat guests to views of the different species of trees and flowers that dot the area. Canines are always welcome on these trails, as long as they're well behaved and guests clean up any messes they might make.
Anglers are in luck here with both the Duck River and Barren Forks of the Duck River open seasonally. Visitors are welcome to drop a line and try their luck at catching largemouth bass, bream, and catfish species. No rental services are offered in Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, so guests would be wise to pack up all necessary gear before coming for a visit.
Make sure to grab a Tennesee State fishing license from either a local sporting goods retailer or at the park offices during regular business hours. Guests with canines are welcome to enjoy the sport as well, provided their dog stays on a leash six feet in length and refrains from bothering other guests.