• Type:
  • Loop

  • Difficulty:
  • Medium

  • Scenery Ranking:
  • 4/5

  • Accessibility:
  • Easily Accessible

  • Trail Maintenance:
  • Well Maintained

  • Facilities:
  • Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • Museum
  • Restrooms

Old Stone Fort State Park


Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park offers over three miles of scenic and educational hiking. Native Americans inhabited this area many years ago. There are several interpretive panels along the hiking trail that will educate you about the Native American way of life in that area, and what they used the area for. You will also be hiking alongside the scenic Duck River.

Trail Head:

The trail head is located just behind the museum/officce.

To access the trail head: Walk behind the museum and you will see where the loop starts. Begin the loop to the left.


The trail is relatively easy. The only difficult part of the trail is the "backbone" which has a steep incline.

Hiking the Trail:

Start behind the museum and begin the loop to your left (Enclosure trail). Following the loop in this direction will help you follow the signs and put you where you need to be while viewing the interpretive panels. You may also add the backbone trail to your hike. The Backbone trail is about one mile. Hiking the Enclosure trail and Backbone trail will give you about a 3.5 mile hike. After finishing the Backbone trail you will continue around the Enclosure trail and back to the museum. The end of your hike will feature the scenic big waterfall along Duck River. Their are other trails you can hike at the park as well. You can pick up a park map at the museum.


You get great views of the Duck River, Little Duck River, Waterfalls, and will also see remnants of the old stone fort walls.

Trail Maintenance:

The trails are well maintained


The park has spots for RV camping and primitive camping. It also has a museum that teaches you about the native americans way of life.