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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643-3775
+1 423-543-5808
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Great Park!

This park is absolutely beautiful! My favorite part is the walking trail that runs by the river... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shelia S
via mobile
Great Walking Path

There is a well-maintained gravel walking path that goes along the Watauga River down to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dayton, Ohio, United States
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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park protects the land that was the location of several important historic events that occurred in the late 18th century. Leaving the English colonies, settlers began arriving along the Watauga Old Fields, in search of a new life on what was Cherokee land.The park offers quality educational programs throughout the year telling the stories of the Watauga Association, Transylvania Purchase, Cherokee War of 1776, the Overmountain Men and so much more! John Carter, one of the primary political, military and business leaders of this era, and his son Landon, built a home, the Carter Mansion, three miles from Sycamore Shoals. This structure is the oldest standing frame house in Tennessee, dating back to the mid to late 1770s.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1651 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643-3775
+1 423-543-5808

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This park is absolutely beautiful! My favorite part is the walking trail that runs by the river and there are lots of trees for shade. They have lots of events throughout the year and picnic tables for your Summer picnic.

Thank Shelia S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a well-maintained gravel walking path that goes along the Watauga River down to the Shoals. We walk our dog there at least once a week. The path is about a mile roundtrip. It is shaded by all kinds of hardwood trees. For someone...More

Thank Henk1049
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very nice park to visit because it played a major role in our history. The visitor center has amazing exhibits explaining the history of the park. The reconstructed Fort Watauga is nice to walk through and explore. The mustering grounds for the...More

Thank TampaLover
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Love going to sycamore schools and walking the nature trails it's a peaceful walk along the river where you can see the beauties of nature also enjoy the historical aspects of the park

Thank john J
Reviewed 6 July 2017

This historical setting is a very nice little park to spend time enjoying a picnic or stroll to see the beauty of nature. Pack your picnic basket now and enjoy some of our country's history.

Thank 78vacationer
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

This place holds alot of history.If you catch it at the correct times you will find exhibits , inact war history if you catch the schedule alot goes on in this area. This would be a good one or two day trip.

Thank Jim37643
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Our dogs love the trail. The river walk is fantastic. We go every week. Meet other walkers and other dogs. Always relaxing.

1  Thank Hendrick R
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

The fort is awesome ....allows you imagine how folks lived and survived the wilderness. The museum is nice and climate controlled...often housing art exhibits and crafts... The walk way along the river is beautiful and a nice moderate walk... Nice place to hang out for...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Sycamore Shoals is a great way to spend your afternoon. It's very educational with a lot of stuff to read. The video inside the visitors center/ museum is very cool and gives a good recap of all of the information inside the museum. The women...More

Thank jns2020
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

They have special historical events and for the history buff it's a lovely place to visit. In The summer they have a live outdoor drama depicting the history of the area and significance in the civil war. They have a small indoor museum and outdoor...More

Thank SW0820981
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Response from J T | Reviewed this property |
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9 October 2015|
Response from Jeffrey M | Reviewed this property |
No only when they have events at the fort