If you’re interested in hiking, canoeing, or farm fresh produce, then Fort Blackmore is the place to be. Every visitor should stop at Mann Farm’s produce stand on the main road for home-grown strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and seasonal produce.
Ft. Blackmore is also a great launching spot for a trip down the Clinch, a hike up to the Devil’s Bathtub or a less strenuous drive on the Dungannon and and Clinch River Scenic Road Tour. This road tour offers both a driving and cycling route–whether road bikes or motorcycles. The twists and turns will challenge a road bike and will thrill the motorcyclist.
Located at the confluence of Big Stony Creek and the Clinch River, Ft. Blackmore was an important frontier outpost. The fort was built on the north side of the Clinch River by John and Joseph Blackmore in 1773 as a large palisaded structure that provided an essential sanctuary to area settlers throughout the colonial period. There they would flee from settlements all across the area for protection when hostile Indian activity was detected – sometimes for months at a time. Ft. Blackmore was the westernmost of a string of forts along the Clinch and was often attacked by Shawnee, Mingo or Cherokee War Parties, but was never taken.
A monument marking the location of one of these historic forts, as well as a beautiful war memorial, are located on Rte 72, approximately one mile south of Fort Blackmore. While you’re in Ft. Blackmore, look at the cliff on the opposite bank of the Clinch where Indians were said to hide out while waiting to attack the settlers in the fort.
(Editor’s Note: Please check the weather conditions and get adequate directions prior to hiking to the Devil’s Bathtub.)