September 2022 – Programs and Events

Creek Critter Catchin’

Thursday, September 1                                                                                     10:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission – $5.00: Tax Included                                                                       Max: 10

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

Join Ranger Davis for a cool and refreshing walk through the waterways of the Watauga River and discover the different creatures that call it home! Please bring footwear that you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, no flip-flops.  You may bring your own catchin’ tools if you’d like. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register.  Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather or abnormally high water levels.  All critters will be released at the end of the program. NO CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 5 YEARS OLD.

Ranger Led Bike Ride

Friday, September 2                                                                                          10:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission: $5.00; Tax included                                                                        Max: 6

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

Join Ranger Davis for a ranger led bike ride from the park, up the Elizabethton Linear Trail to the Covered Bridge, then back to the park via the Tweetsie Trail. Total loop will be about 6 miles and take approximately one hour depending on the average ability level of the attending participants.  Portions of the route will not be suitable for pull behind child carriers.  Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring your own water and bike.  Please meet in front of the Visitor Center.  Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather. NO CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 5 YEARS OLD.

Tomahawk Throwing Workshop

Wednesday, September 7                                                                                            10:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission: $5; Tax included, ages 12 and up only                                                     Max: 6                    

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

Discover the unique skill of 18th century tomahawk throwing by joining Ranger Jason Davis for a hands-on tutorial.  Topics will include the versatile applications of the tomahawk on the early American Frontier as well as proper technique and release for throwing with safety and accuracy. No children younger than 12. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring your own water, all other supplies will be provided. Please don’t bring your own tomahawk unless it is of the 18th century design. This is not a self-defense class. Meet inside Fort Watauga, subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

Creek Critter Catchin’

Thursday, September 8                                                                                     10:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission – $5.00: Tax Included                                                                       Max: 10

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

Join Ranger Davis for a cool and refreshing walk through the waterways of the Watauga River and discover the different creatures that call it home! Please bring footwear that you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, no flip-flops.  You may bring your own catchin’ tools if you’d like. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register.  Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather or abnormally high water levels.  All critters will be released at the end of the program. NO CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 5 YEARS OLD.

The Gathering at Sycamore Shoals

Saturday, September 10                                                                                    10:00 am

Join the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution at Fort Watauga in honor of the Overmountain Men and their victory over loyalist forces at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  The 242st anniversary of the “Gathering at Sycamore Shoals” will be celebrated with a memorial service and a ceremonial wreath laying.

Fall Knap-In at Fort Watauga

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

Knapping – with a “K”– has nothing to do with sleep!  Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week.  Watch primitive skills craftsmen make arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools.  There will be demonstrations of primitive tools such as a bow, arrow, and atlatl throughout the day.

Watauga Valley Art League & Guest Speaker

Sunday, September 11                                                                                      1:30 pm

All are welcome to join our artists for their monthly meeting, highlighted by an art related presentation.  This month our presenter will be Jerry’s Artarama.

Ranger Led Bike Ride

Wednesday, September 14                                                                                10:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission: $5.00; Tax included                                                                        Max: 6

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

Join Ranger Davis for a ranger led bike ride from the park, up the Elizabethton Linear Trail to the Covered Bridge, then back to the park via the Tweetsie Trail. Total loop will be about 6 miles and take approximately one hour depending on the average ability level of the attending participants.  Portions of the route will not be suitable for pull behind child carriers.  Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring your own water and bike.  Please meet in front of the Visitor Center.  Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather. NO CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 5 YEARS OLD.

Tomahawk Throwing Workshop

Thursday, September 15                                                                                              10:00 am – 11:00 am

Admission: $5; Tax included, ages 12 and up only                                                     Max: 6                    

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

Discover the unique skill of 18th century tomahawk throwing by joining Ranger Jason Davis for a hands-on tutorial.  Topics will include the versatile applications of the tomahawk on the early American Frontier as well as proper technique and release for throwing with safety and accuracy. No children younger than 12. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring your own water, all other supplies will be provided. Please don’t bring your own tomahawk unless it is of the 18th century design. This is not a self-defense class. Meet inside Fort Watauga, subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

Fellowship English Country Dancing

Sunday, September 18                                                                                      1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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.

Tech in Nature

Tuesday, September 20                                                                                     1:00 pm

Admission – $6.00 (plus tax), 6 and under free                    

Tax included                                                                                                             Max:  10

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

Today, most people are inseparable from their smart phones and mobile devices.  We want to embrace this cultural change and show you how you can better use technology on a day-to-day bases in nature.  Using tools such as GPS locating, plant identification, and other easily accessible resources and apps, we will show you how to enhance your experience rather than take away from it.  Join Ranger Cory Franklin for a walk around the park to better understand the tools you carry with you daily.  The program will meet and begin at the picnic area beside the visitor center.

Walking in Frontier Footsteps

Friday, September 23                                                                                        12:00 noon      

Admission: $6.00; 6 and under free: Tax included                                              Max: 20

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

Join Museum Curator Chad Bogart for a special guided interpretive walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path. Discover the historical events that took place surrounding 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 adjacent to the Visitors Center.

Duration: 90 minutes.

OVTA Watauga River Crossing

Sunday, September 25                                                                                      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 242 years ago.

Overmountain Muster at Sycamore Shoals

Saturday, September 24                                                                                    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 25                                                                                      10:00 am – 4:00 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 25                                                                                      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!

Cemetery Symbolism 

Friday, September 30                                                                                        7:00 pm

Admission: $8.00: Tax included                                                                               Max: 15

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

Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind the artwork and symbols on old gravestones? Join Museum Curator Chad Bogart and spend an evening in the burial ground at the historic Carter Mansion. Learn how to translate the language of cemetery symbolism and how these images tell the stories of the deceased. Not recommended for small children. Program will begin in the Carter Mansion visitor center and proceed to the cemetery. The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

Duration: 90 minutes.