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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Appalachian Regional Commission – May 31, 2018

ARC SPOTLIGHT ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas (second from left) visited an emergency facility in Meigs County during a recent trip to Appalachian Ohio. ARC Federal Co-Chair Visits Ohio ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas continued his tour around Appalachia with a visit to Ohio last week. Thomas gave a welcome address at the

Team Tennessee Times – May 29, 2018

Jobless Rate Falls in All 95 Tennessee Counties The jobless rate fell in all 95 Tennessee counties in April and the unemployment rate is now at or below 5 percent in all counties across the state. “Our investments in education and workforce development are showing results in all corners of the state and