Tennessee State Parks present Special Exhibits


By Eddie Rojas

Sycamore Shoals Annual Siege at Fort Watauga — May 15-16
It’s 1776 and the Colonies are in the throes of Revolution and the frontier is in a state of chaos. Cherokee are being armed by the British and
threaten to attack the settlements. Come see how the settlers of the Watauga Valley defended their lives, families, hearth and home at the “Siege at Fort Watauga.”
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park attracts more than 305,000 people every year. The 85-acre site sits on the banks of the Watauga River where the Overmountain Men assembled in 1780 before marching to defeat the British in the Battle of Kings Mountain, a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The park features interpretive exhibits, events, a fitness trail and picnic facilities. It is located off U.S. Highway 321 in Elizabethton. For more information about the “Siege” or other park activities, please call the park office at (423) 543-5808 or visit: www.tnstateparks.com/SycamoreShoals.
Frozen Head Volunteer Trail Day — May 16
Volunteers are asked to meet at Frozen Head’s visitor center at 9 a.m. and to bring a daypack with their own water and lunch.  Volunteers also should wear a good pair of hiking boots and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Specific projects will be assigned and will focus on trail maintenance and repair. Some moderate hiking may be required and volunteers are expected to return by 3 p.m. if not sooner.

Frozen Head State Park is located in near Wartburg in Morgan County in the scenic Cumberland Mountains. The park contains undisturbed forest land, small streams and waterfalls, beautiful mountains and some of the richest wildflower areas in Tennessee. For more information about the Volunteer Trail Day or other events at the park, please call (423) 346-3318 or visit the park’s Web site at: www.tnstateparks.com/FrozenHead.

Tennessee’s 53 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free
1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit our Web site at
www.tnstateparks.com.

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