September Events at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton

September Events at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton

Full Moon Hike        

Monday, September 20, 2021                                                                         9:00 pm

Admission – $5.00 (plus tax), 6 and under: Free                                            Max:  10

Pre-Registration required –


Our parks are closed from dusk till dawn, but this is a special occasion.  Join Ranger Cory Franklin, for a walk under the light of the full moon.  Learn about some of the monumental events that took place on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals State Park while enjoying the rare chance of seeing the park at night.


Night Fishing with a Ranger          

Tuesday, September 21. 2021                                                                        8:00 pm

Admission – $5.00 (plus tax), 6 and under: Free                                            Max:  10

Pre-Registration required –


Have you ever wanted to have Sycamore Shoals State Park all to yourself to fish the mighty Watauga River?  Here is your chance!  Join Park Ranger Cory Franklin for a night of fun and fishing.  Our parks are closed from dusk till dawn but on September 21st we will allow you the opportunity to fish well into the night.

Fishing license with trout stamp required.

Bait, tackle, or poles not included.


OVTA Watauga River Crossing

Saturday, September 25, 2021                                                                        2:00 pm (approximate time)

Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain since 1975.  On September 25, marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 241 years ago.


 Lanterns & Legends of 1780:

Overmountain Militia Muster Candlelight Tours

Saturday, September 25                                                         7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, & 8:30 PM

Admission – Adults – $9.00; Ages 17 & under – $5.00

Max: 15 per tour

Pre-registration required –

 The year is 1780 and America’s War for Independence is in its 5th year. British Major Patrick Ferguson has threatened to destroy the frontier settlements. In response, the Overmountain Men have gathered at Sycamore Shoals and are forming a frontier army to search out Ferguson and his loyalist force. Experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of the 18thcentury as you are guided through the historic encampment by lantern light. Meet legendary figures such as Col. John Sevier, Mary Patton, Rev. Samuel Doak, and others as they tell the dramatic story of this historic gathering which led to one of the most decisive victories of the Revolution!

Program begins at the park visitor center. Each tour lasts approximately 1 hour.


Overmountain Muster at Sycamore Shoals

Saturday, September 25, 2021                                                                        10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 26, 2021                                                                          10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for a weekend of living history demonstrations at the encampment of the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780.  Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, September 26, 2021                                                                          1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month.  Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play an instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!


For further information, Call or Text – Sycamore Shoals State Park at 423-543-5808


Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday             1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.

Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

In the event of extremely inclement winter weather, contact the park about program cancelations and park office closings.


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park – 1651 W. Elk Avenue- Elizabethton, TN 37643