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 – October 31, 2017

State designation will enhance appeal of Washington County Industrial Park Local economic development groups have invested so much energy into transforming Telford’s Washington County Industrial Park into a “pad ready” site, and most recently earning the designation as a Select Tennessee Certified Site. Read More Virginia Says “Yes” – Mountain States, Wellmont merger

Team Tennessee Times – October 30, 2017

More Than 700 Attend 2017 Governor's Conference The 2017 Governor's Conference wrapped last Friday with more than 700 elected officials, business leaders and economic developers in attendance. In addition to five plenary and nine breakout sessions, conference attendees heard from former University of Tennessee football player Inky Johnson on Thursday, along with

Live from the Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development 

  This week marks a very important milestone for Carter County, its economic future and prosperity. As I have shared with you before, the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development applied for a Competitive Marketing Assistance Grant earlier this year offered by the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The