Golf Course To Re-open As Hiking, Biking, And Fishing Area

Course will open Monday for hiking, biking and fishing area... By Barry West

The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park held a special community event on Monday. The event coincides with Old Stone Fort’s own 46th anniversary of the park’s dedication in 1966. As one of only two archaeological state parks in Tennessee, Old Stone Fort is certainly a fitting backdrop for one of the many statewide celebrations we will be holding throughout the year. It’s also a great opportunity to thank the park’s many patrons and the entire local community for all their hard work and efforts in support of this unique state park.” The park announced the former golf course property will open Monday as a day-use hiking, biking and fishing area. The Old Stone Fort is a 2000-year-old Native American ceremonial site, which consists of nearly 4,000 feet of low, wall-like mounds enclosing nearly 50 acres. The mounds and walls connect with cliffs and rivers to form an enclosure measuring one-and-a-quarter miles around. The hilltop enclosure was used for approximately 500 years as a gathering area for people living in and around the eastern Highland Rim.