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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 walk

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

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hendrick R
via mobile
Step back on time...

The fort is awesome ....allows you imagine how folks lived and survived the wilderness. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
John P
Johnson City, Tennessee
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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. 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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  • Average6%
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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 2 days ago via mobile

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

Thank Hendrick R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

We were able to use the park for a Campout. Wide open. Nice amphitheater. A pool onsite but wasn't open. It is next to the hospital and in the middle of town but you wouldn't know it. Stop here and enjoy the history.

Thank Drcalain
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Sycamore Shoals State park is a great place to visit for families or just to enjoy by yourself if you so choose. You can walk or jog the scenic trail around the river, the scenery is beautiful. They have picnic tables and also have grills...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I go to the park regularly to walk. It is so peaceful, great to walk the dog too and the kids enjoy walking around the forts.

Thank Chrystal M
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When will be the last outdoor drama and what is the price?
28 July 2016|
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Response from J T | Reviewed this property |
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Is there an admission fee?
9 October 2015|
Response from Jeffrey M | Reviewed this property |
No only when they have events at the fort