January 2021 Special Events & Tours

*** COVID-19 GUIDELINES: While visiting the park please stay 6 feet apart from other guests. Face masks are required inside all state park facilities. Face masks are recommended outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained. Park buildings are subject to closure if maximum capacity is exceeded. The park visitors center closes Mon. – Sat. between the hours of 11:30 and 1:30 for cleaning and disinfecting. Restrooms close periodically for cleaning.

Thank you for your cooperation to help stop the spread of COVID-19. ***

First Day Hike – Walking in Frontier Footsteps

Friday, January 1                                                                                   9:00 am

Cost: Free

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

Join Park Ranger Cory Franklin for a guided walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path. Learn about the historic events that took place around 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. Meet in the picnic area beside the Visitor Center. Please no pets. Hike is by reservation only and subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

Carter Mansion Tour

Thursday, January 7                                                                                 1:00 pm

Friday, January 8                                                                                    1:00 pm

Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $4.00; 6 and under free                    

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

Join Ranger Davis for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780.

The John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancellation in the event of severely inclement weather.

Sabine Hill Guided Tour      

Thursday, January 14                                                                            1:00 pm

Friday, January 15                                                                                       1:00 pm

Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $4.00; 6 and under free

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

Join Museum Curatorial Assistant Chad Bogart 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

Please note, only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.

Carter Mansion Tour

Thursday, January 21                                                                              1:00 pm

Friday, January 22                                                                                   1:00 pm

Adults – $8.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $4.00; 6 and under free                    

Registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

Join Ranger Franklin for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house! Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780.

The John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.

Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Monday through Saturday (closed 11:30 – 1:30 for lunch & cleaning)

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.