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.
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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
- 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.
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.