Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
105.00 ft (32.00 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
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Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park is a place of both historical significance and natural beauty. The park is popular for hiking, fishing and birding. There is a small museum and gift shop on site, as well as some nearby picnic areas. There is also a campground with 51 campsites. The two main highlights of the park are, without a doubt, the waterfalls and ancient Indian enclosure. Both are best viewed by hiking the short Enclosure Trail.

The Enclosure Trail begins near the unique Visitor Center and Museum. This is the entrance to the fort. Old Stone Fort was built around 1,500-2,000 years ago during the Middle Woodland Period. The enclosure area is a 50 acre hilltop nestled between the Duck River and Little Duck River and additionally surrounded by a manmade wall. The area is believed to have been used by Native Americans as a ceremonial gathering place for approximately 500 years before being abandoned. The area was later misnamed a “fort” by European Settlers as they arrived many years later. Today the Enclosure Trail loops around the perimeter of the Old Stone Fort. There are several informative plaques along the trail to further explain the rich history of the area.

In addition to the historic fort remains, the Enclosure Trail provides views of the several beautiful waterfalls along the Duck and Little Duck Rivers. Blue Hole Falls and Big Falls are especially spectacular, and an old dam creates a manmade waterfall of sorts just upstream.

The Enclosure Trail is an easy and mellow hike. There are a few side trails that access the river, as well as additional trails nearby for those looking for a longer hike. If hiking with young kids, be cautious as there are a few areas with steep cliffs just off trail.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Waterfalls. Historical significance.

Trailhead Elevation

1,034.00 ft (315.16 m)

Highest point

1,037.00 ft (316.08 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Historically significant
Waterfalls
Fishing
Family friendly
Native artifacts
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

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