Springtime at Carter Mansion, Elizabethton

Summer at the Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain

Fall at Ripshin Lake, Carter County

Snow covered Roan Mountain, Carter County

Tennessee’s Mountain Playground

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 and visit Tennessee’s Mountain Playground!

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Miller appointed to represent county’s 8th District

Newly appointed County Commissioner David Miller is sworn into office by Carter County Clerk Mary Gouge. Members of the Carter County Commission appointed David Miller to fill the vacancy created earlier this year by the death of former Commissioner Rick Richardson. Miller was one of four applicants seeking the vacant seat

County mourns loss of Commissioner Rick Richardson

Commissioner Rick Q. Richardson On Monday morning officials and employees of Carter County government were saddened to hear of the passing of Commissioner Rick Richardson. Commissioner Richardson was elected in 2018 to represent the county’s 8th District, which includes the Harold McCormick and High School Precincts. As a member of the County

Plans for Carter County resort to be unveiled at upcoming meeting

ELIZABETHTON STAR - Carter County residents will get their first look at plans for a new lakeside resort planned for the Watauga Lake area during Tuesday’s Carter County Planning Commission meeting at 3 p.m. The project, being developed by Daniel Goodhall and his family, is one he says could one day provide