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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
Description - Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park has a museum and a reconstruction of Fort Watauga, which was excavated about a mile away on the shores of the Watauga River. The museum and fort interpret the role this area played in 18th century history as the State of Franklin in the expansion of America's western boundary. Here, the Overmountain Men mustered in September 1780, before their march to fight the battle for King's Mountain. Tours of the nearby 18th century Carter Mansion are also available by appointment. Nearby, is the Covered Bridge Park along the Doe River.

Attractions - Sycamore Shoals Historic Area is open from daylight to dark each day. The Visitors Center houses an interpretive facility with information, historic displays and a theater.

Another point of interest is The John and Landon Carter Mansion.

Recreation - Picnicking is available at Sycamore Shoals with tables and grills provided. A fitness trail constructed jointly between the park and adjacent hospital is also available.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is located in Carter County on U.S. Highway 321, in Elizabethton, TN. Situated on the Watauga River, the 50-acre area is 30 miles from Interstate 81. Take I-81 into Johnson City to Exit 31. Then take Highway 321/67, traveling approximately 6 miles into Elizabethton and the Sycamore Shoals Area.

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Filed By: Pam Webb (Kingsport, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Sycamore Shoals is a lovely park to walk/run. There is a nice man that feeds the birds and squirrels. They are so tame. Lots of places to sit and watch them. The river is beautiful. You should take a side trip to the town of Elizabethton to see the covered bridge and get a bite to eat. Nice park there as well. Really nice @ Christmas to take a stroll. If you have plenty of time, Roan Mountain is just a little further.

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Contact Information:
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave. , Elizabethton, TN, 37643, Phone: 423-543-5808, Fax: 423-543-0078

Additional Information:
East Tennessee Region - There are over 30 State Parks and Historical Monuments, the Cherokee National Forest and he Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visit in this travel region. All recreational activities are within a days drive of Knoxville.
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.
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