Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
These two sites are a short distance apart on the banks of the Watauga River near downtown Elizabethton and are easily combined in a birding trip. Sycamore Shoals is a small, but historically prominent site with gravel paths through a narrow wooded strip beside the river. The Linear Trail is a paved walkway through a wooded and shrubby riparian area. Birding at both of these sites is good year-round and best during the spring and fall.
The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is a summer resident at Sycamore Shoals. Photos by Harold Howell (left) and Charles P. Nicholson (right).
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is located on the western side of Elizabethton between Hwy 67/321 (W. Elk Avenue) and the Watauga River. just west of the Sycamore Shoals Hospital. If coming from Johnson City on Hwy 67/321, the park is on the left, 1.4 miles east of the intersection with Hwy 91 (coordinates 36.3455 N, -82.2515 W).
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