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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Team Tennessee Times – July 10, 2017

Fitzgerald Opens New Industrial Park in Upper Cumberland TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe joined the Fitzgerald family, which operates Fitzgerald Glider Kits and several other businesses in the transportation industry, for the grand opening of the Fitzgerald Industrial Park in Sparta last Thursday. Fitzgerald Collision & Repair recently announced plans for a $9

Team Tennessee Times – July 3, 2017

Register Today for 2017 Governor's Conference It's that time of year again. Registration for the 2017 Governor's Conference is officially open. We look forward to seeing you in Gatlinburg on October 26 and 27. Governor's Conference offers a great opportunity to network with peers from across Tennessee. Stay tuned for the full conference