Old Stone Fort Loop

April 24, 2012 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

Old Stone Fort

Old Stone Fort

While we were down in Tullahoma checking out Short Springs trail, we also popped over to the Old Stone Fort Loop outside of Manchester on our way back to Nashville. Old Stone Fort is home to an ancient indian enclosure built by Native Americans. The stone wall still exists and this loop trail takes you around most of it.

  1. Scenery:  2.5
  2. Difficulty:  1.0
  3. Length:  1.0 – 1.5 miles
  4. Dog Friendly Factor: 5.0
  5. Convenience:  2.5
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 3.5
Big Falls at Old Stone Fort

Near Big Falls at Old Stone Fort Park

Scenery (2.5 out of 5.0): We opted for the trail that’s “Below the Wall” which provides a more scenic view of the Duck River and the Little Duck River. Starting off we quickly came to Step Falls. I climbed down from the main trail to get some pictures and while the falls were scenic, the trash and random clothing leftovers that littered the area were not so attractive.

On the other side of the loop it’s a different story, though. When we got to Big Falls, we stumbled upon the area when no one else was there (which is saying a lot – OSF was popular that day). This gave us a great chance to sit by the river and check out the falls, enjoying the peacefulness of the area.

Coltrane at Old Stone Fort

Happy hiker

Difficulty (1.0 out of 5.0): Since we stayed only on the main loop, this was a super-easy trail that was popular with people of all ages and fitness levels. For an extra challenge, there’s also the Little Duck River Loop that takes you down to the river’s edge, but the signage for that trail is not clear and we were too tired from the day’s previous hike to hunt around for it.

Length: 1 – 1.5 miles (not exactly sure)

Dog Friendly Factor (5.0 out of 5.0): This trail is just as dog friendly as it is human friendly. Easy, dirt covered terrain with good access to water at the Big Falls.

Convenience (2.5 out of 5.0): Old Stone Fort Park is very easy to get to from I-24, but is about an hour outside of Nashville.

Bonus Funtimes (4.0 out of 5.0): Old Stone Fort Park has plenty of bonus funtimes – from checking out the visitor’s museum that includes the history of the ancient indians who built the wall to fishing, camping and more, you’re sure to find a few good ways to spend your time.

Ezra at Old Stone Fort

Bonus Funtimes with Ezra at Old Stone Fort Park.


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