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Fort at Sycamore Shoals SP

Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation
Visitor Center: Mon - Sat, 8 - 4:30 and Sun, 1 - 4:30

Map of the park

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is located in Carter County on U.S. Highway 321, in Elizabethton, TN. Situated on the Watauga River, the 60-acre area is 30 miles from Interstate 81. From Exit 57 on I-81, take I-26 into Johnson City to Exit 24. Then take Highway 321/67, traveling approximately 6 miles into Elizabethton. Sycamore Shoals Historic Area is on the left.

Park Activities

Hiking Trails Picnic Facilities

Points of Interest

  The John and Landon Carter Mansion

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is open from daylight to dark each day. The Visitors Center, which houses an interpretive facility with information, historic displays, and a theater, is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Picnicking is available at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park with tables and grills provided. A two-mile fitness trail constructed jointly between the park and adjacent hospital is also available.


Photo galleries

Sycamore Shoals Park Tour
Historical Programming
Outdoor Drama: "Liberty"

Hiking Trails

There is a two mile walking/fitness trail that follows the Watauga River. The trail also accesses Sycamore Shoals Hospital which is adjacent to the park

Park Map

Picnic Facilities

The park has one picnic area outside the Visitor Center that has 16 moveable picnic tables. Grills, water and electrical outlets are available.


Programs vary year to year. Contact the Parks for current programs offered.

Special Events

Click Here to view Special Events for 2008

2008 Traditional Arts Workshop Schedule

Other Activities

Visit us for our Mountain River Concerts

Photo Gallery

Enjoy a quick movie tour of the park. This movie requires the Flash 6 plug-in. It may take a few moments to download so enjoy the Memory game while waiting! Click Here!

Tour Buses

Tour buses are welcome.