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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Partners In Progress: Northeast Tennessee Regional Partnership Brochure, Video and Program of Work Presentation Published

            The mission of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership is to enhance job growth and increase the tax base by engaging business leaders through collaboration with existing businesses to expand, build their supply chains, actively recruit new employers in targeted sectors, and attract educated talent. Published on Jan 27, 2017 Video - https://youtu.be/RV_Gyafvzu0 Brochure

FREE counseling and low to no cost educational opportunities for those individuals thinking about starting a business and consulting services for existing firms

                              Elizabethton Star – February 12, 2017 The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City serves Carter County, Greene County, Johnson County, Unicoi County, and Washington County. The Center provides small business start-up services including, but not limited to: business plan development, financial planning assistance, marketing plan