Springtime at Carter Mansion, Elizabethton


Summer at the Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain


Fall at Ripshin Lake, Carter County


Snow covered Roan Mountain, Carter County

“Naturally Nice”

As a gateway to the Southern Highlands, Carter County is known for its beautiful natural sites. From the Watauga River, a trophy trout stream, to the peaceful waters of Watauga Lake, along the winding Appalachian Trail to the mile high Rhododendron Gardens on Roan Mountain, there’s something for everyone.

With the 2000 mile Appalachian Trail as the centerpiece, hikers, campers, walkers and nature enthusiasts have a wide selection of destinations. Waterfalls, lakes, mountain views and trails through peaceful forests allow visitors to choose any level of activity (or inactivity) that suits their fancy.

Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery, a summer get-away, or maybe even a new place to call home, Carter County is the place for you. Come on down, we’re Naturally Nice!

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The Latest News

Day-to-Day News and Information Direct From Mayor’s Office

Elizabethton Star Sunday Editorial – May 29, 2016 It is with great pleasure that I share with you that the Carter County website, www.cartercountytn.gov , has been updated to provide better transparency and communication from my office to you. Two new webpages have been added, From the Mayor and Economic Development.

Setting the Record Straight on the Budget and Economic Development

From Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey’s Desk: Elizabethton Star Wednesday Editorial – May 25, 2016 As County Mayor, I would like to set the record straight regarding some misinformation that is being broadcast by certain private interests groups, citizens and commissioners that have their own personal agendas, as well as, some members

First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging & Disability

From Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey’s Desk: Elizabethton Star Sunday Editorial May 22, 2016 As I have shared with you over the past several weeks, as County Mayor, I am required to serve on a number of Boards for Carter County. Another Board that I serve on is the First Tennessee Area Agency