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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Carter County Tourism Program Post – August 25, 2017

PROGRAM POST State releases economic impact data      The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has released economic impact figures for 2016. We are excited to see a 2 percent increase with approximately $37 million dollars being spent through tourism in our county. Most importantly we are proud to say that tourism

Team Tennessee Times – August 21, 2017

Tennessee's Jobless Rate Hits Historic Low, Now Ranks No. 1 in the Southeast One of TNECD's long-term goals is to have the lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast by 2025. As it stands right now, Tennessee's economy has already reached that milestone. Tennessee's jobless rate fell to a historic mark again in

Are they listening?

  On Monday, August 21, 2017 the County Commission will be voting on one of the most important pieces of legislation during this Commission’s term, downsizing the Commission from 24 Commissioners to 16 Commissioners. I applaud the Commission for moving forward with this action in response to the Citizens’ desire for