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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Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership – February 5, 2018

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Team Tennessee Times – February 5, 2018

Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 66 Community Development Block Grants Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe last week announced nearly $25.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) that will assist 66 communities across the state. The grants will provide funding for infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives as well as

Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership – January 30, 2018

Ron Ramsey hired to lobby for Aerospace Park Ron Ramsey, the Blountville-based auctioneer who represented Northeast Tennessee in both the State House and Senate before retiring from the position of lieutenant governor last year, has been hired by the Washington County Economic Development Council (WCEDC) to lobby for legislative appropriations for