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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County offices to close in observance of Christmas holiday

Offices at the Carter County Courthouse, the Justice Center Annex, and the Carter County Election Commission will be closed December 24-26 for observance of the Christmas holiday. The Carter County Clerk’s Office which is normally open a half-day on Saturdays will also be closed this Saturday, Dec. 22 for the

Benny Lyons named WJHL’s Community Hero of the Week

WJHL - If you live in Carter County, this week's community hero has touched your life in some way. His name is Benny Lyons. Benny was nominated by his friend, Scott Fletcher, who said Benny has served Carter County for many years, in several different capacities such as being a member of

Construction of Stoney Creek Fire Station is moving right along

ELIZABETHTON STAR -  The construction of the new Fire Station 3 in Stoney Creek is well on its way to being completed. Construction crews finished putting up the outer walls on Monday. The new station is located on a flat, one-acre piece of property that was donated by Billy Cole and his family. To