Sycamore Shoals State Park Upcoming Events

Published 4:10 pm Tuesday, May 30, 2023

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June 2 -24
Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals – 8 p.m. Meet at: Fort Watauga Amphitheater. Register for the event. Friday and Saturday, June 2-3; 9-10, 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 15-17; 22-24, 8 p.m. Tennessee’s official outdoor drama presented by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. See the American Revolution through the eyes of the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled west of the blue ridge. These settlers formed an independent government, made treaties with the Cherokee, defended their homes, and fought a British army at the epic battle of King’s Mountain. Presented in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater, bleacher style seating. Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. Admission Charge. For further details or to purchase tickets please visit

June 3
National Trials Day Hike – Walking in Frontier Footsteps – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet at the picnic area next to the Park Visitors Center. Price is $0/Attendee, $10/Attendee+Donation, $10/Donation (Not Attending), $20/Attendee + Donation $20/Donation (Not Attending). Register for the event.
Discover the historical events that took place at Sycamore Shoals and their significance to the formation of our State and Country. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Portions of the walk will include ground that may not be flat or solid for people with mobility challenges. Meet in the picnic area beside the Visitor Center.
Join the Trail Pack
Did you know that you can make a donation to the Trail Pack that is 100% used to support building, maintaining, and enhancing trails at Tennessee State Parks? By donating, you can contribute to the preservation of these beautiful natural resources and help ensure that trails continue to be a source of enjoyment for generations to come. Join the Trail Pack online at
Rewards for Donating
Not only will you be supporting the trails by donating to the Trail Pack, but you’ll also receive free stickers and/or an enamel pin just for donating. These rewards can help you show your support for the trails and the Trail Pack community.

June 4
English Country Dancing – 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center Gathering Place. Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome! The afternoon will include the opportunity to learn dances from different worldwide cultures. No cost to attend. Open to anyone, with or without experience or a partner. Meet in the Visitor Center. Sponsored by the Sabine Hill Social Society.

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June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30
Carter Mansion Guided Tour – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet at: Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion 1031 Broad St. Elizabethton, TN 37643. Price: children 6 and under is free, $5/ages 7-17, $9/adults. Register for the event. Join Seasonal Interpreter Andrea Price for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! The detailed interior boasts 18th century woodwork, original painted surfaces and faux finishes, and hand painted overmantle murals. Enjoy the beauty of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the Carter family who built it between 1775 and 1780.
The John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30
Sabine Hill Guided Tour – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Meet at Sabine Hill Historic Site. Price: children 6 and under is free, $5/ages 7-17, $9/adults. Register for the event. Join Seasonal Interpreter Slade Nakoff for a guided tour of this stately home built by Mary Patton Taylor, widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor. The site has been described as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the State of Tennessee. During your tour you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the influential Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century.
Sabine Hill is located at 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Please note, only portable toilet facilities are available.

June 9-25
Summer Art Show – Visitor Center Hours – Meet at the Visitor Center Gathering Place. Art show and sale, June 9 – 25.
Meet the Artist Awards Reception: Sunday, June 11, 1:30 – 4 p.m. This multi-media exhibit is two art shows in one: “20th Annual Judged show” and the “28th Annual Watauga Valley Art League Member show.” Please join us for this popular summer event!

June 24
Flint Knapping Workshop – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register for the event. Instructors: Bob Estep and Gary Baxter. Cost is $95.00. Maximum 10 people. Registration required –
Join Bob and Gary for this beginning class that will focus on learning the basics of making stone tools, such as the arrow point, using traditional techniques. Adults only. Please bring a chair and lunch. (Includes instruction, flint knapping kit, tools & stone – all yours to keep and continue practicing!) Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals.
Please register by Thursday, June 22, at the above link or call the park at 423-543-5808 for additional information.

TN Promise Saturday – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet at Picnic Area next to Park Visitors Center. Register for the event. Participants will collect litter throughout the park, along the walking trail, and in the amphitheater area. Participants may also collect downed tree branches along the trail and in the picnic areas. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Please gather in the picnic area beside the park Visitor’s Center at 9AM. Please sign up at

June 25
Old Time Music Jam – 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at Visitor Center Gathering Place. Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region. Old-time musicians of all levels are welcome. Don’t play an instrument? Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!