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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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Peaceful walk by the river

Love going to sycamore schools and walking the nature trails it's a peaceful walk along the river... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
john J
via mobile
Nice Little Park

This historical setting is a very nice little park to spend time enjoying a picnic or stroll to see... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
Jacksonville, Florida
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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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 4 weeks ago 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 7 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 22 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 25 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 14 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
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The park grounds are beautiful. The interactive museum is excellent. Staff members are helpful and friendly. The living history events are beyond compare.

Thank omegasjade
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Before I begin, I need to apologize to the woman in charge of the visitor center the day we were there. The park grounds are open all the time but the center closes at 4. We live more than a day's drive away and have...More

Thank Paul S
Tennessee S, Owner at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

Thank you for the review, Paul. We're really sorry about your rushed visit through the exhibits and your fall! Based on your star rating it seems like you still enjoyed your visit overall. We hope you will come back again sometime. We do a play...More

Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We go to this area often from SC, enjoy the park & the historical aspects. Great for families with little kinds to adults on their own. Often they offer activities for the community

Thank Katheryn C
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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