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 – April 10, 2018

New River Hardwoods, Inc. officials recently announced the lumber company will invest $3.8 million in its operations in Roan Mountain. New River plans to create around 25 manufacturing and production jobs in Carter County. Read More.... Over the last four years, the Watauga River Redevelopment Area has been the topic of discussion

Appalachian Regional Commission Weekly News Roundup – April 5, 2018

ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  April 5, 2018  |  VOLUME 3, ISSUE 14 ARC SPOTLIGHT New Community Broadband Playbook aids communities in building a broadband strategy.  North Carolina’s Playbook for Broadband A new guide provides communities with functional tools, including templates, examples, ideas and many more resources, that communities can use to build a broadband strategy that addresses their

Team Tennessee Times – April 2, 2018

New River Hardwoods Investing in Roan Mountain Operations New River Hardwoods announced on Thursday it will invest $3.8 million to convert its Roan Mountain operations into a lumber production facility. The company will install new equipment and create approximately 25 manufacturing and production jobs in Carter County. Here's more. GoDBE adds to Diversity Purchasing Program The