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Old Stone Fort

732 Stone Fort Drive Manchester, TN 37355

Daily 8am-4:30pm


hikes, outdoor-adventures, water-activities

Aside from its beauty, Old Stone Fort is filled with local history.

According to Tennessee State Parks, the site was originally used by Native American tribes before it became an important Civil War-era mill, so if you’re anything like me you’ll be really happy you planned a visit!

Over the summer, my five-year-old daughter and I went to the fort early one Saturday morning to discover a shaded oasis, historic sites, and riverfront access with a few shallow and accessible swimming areas (though you aren't really supposed to swim) along a nearly three-mile, mostly flat hike. If you head to the right (counterclockwise) on the trail loop, you’ll find the section of the Duck River where most of the swimming takes place. Dogs, on a leash, are allowed.  The Enclosure Trails is a little over a mile and very flat - there's another section that goes off of it about halfway in, so you could make it longer if you wanted.

A parking lot covered picnic area, and decent bathrooms can be found nearby the first parking lot as you enter. The museum – as well as the trailhead for the main, looped, hike – can be accessed from the second parking lot, but you can’t go in if you bring your four-legged companions. However, signs detailing the park’s history are located throughout the grounds so you’ll learn a lot either way!

To get to the main trail, keep driving once you enter the park.  There are several turn-offs to the right - campgrounds, playgrounds, picnic, areas but you'll want to just keep going straight to get to the parking lot at the museum where the main trailheads off from.  


Good for All Ages Hiking Playground Trails Waterfall Swimming
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Emily O'Grady
Emily O'Grady lives with her daughters Eloise (5) and Charlie (3.5), husband Mick, and their two senior dogs Porter and Francie, in Nashville. They’ve called Music City home for 7 years this September. After Emily and Mick met in New Zealand over 15 years ago, they’ve hiked and backpacked extensively across the globe for months at a time. In their new roles as parents, they’ve hit pause on their most extreme adventures for now, but they are consciously raising their daughters to love and appreciate nature, getting outside and exploring as much as they can in the hills of Tennessee and beyond. During the weekdays, you can find Emily leading teams across Asurion’s Product Development team, bringing the company’s service strategy to life across carrier clients. Before joining Asurion, Emily was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company for 4 years, as well as held Analyst roles with Telephia (Nielsen) and Bank of America Global Corporate and Investment Bank. Emily holds a BBA in Finance, French and European Studies from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
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