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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National Animal Rescue Organization to present Carter County Mayor’s Office and Commission with “Excellence in Leadership Award” and to implement and oversee new Volunteer, Rescue and Foster Programs at the Shelter

February 21, 2017 Carter County received word today that Brother Wolf will be presenting Carter County Government with its “Excellence In Leadership” award in recognition of our achievements at the Animal Shelter since July 2016. Brother Wolf shared with us that they are very impressed with the level of leadership my

Setting the Record Straight

Elizabethton Star – February 19, 2017 The Elizabethton / Carter County Animal Shelter has been a very hot topic of late. Several former volunteers have approached the County Commission and City Council to express their frustration with not being allowed to “run” the County Government operated Shelter. I feel it is