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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Focus on Winning for Carter County! Grants, Hotel, Jobs, and More!

During this past Monday night’s County Commission Meeting, I withdrew my name from consideration of the September 2017 County Commission Chair Annual Appointment so that I could focus more time and energy on Economic and Community Development initiatives. This is necessary to stimulate and promote growth, attract new businesses, new

Team Tennessee Times – September 18, 2017

Tennessee's Jobless Rate Ranks Best in Southeast Tennessee's unemployment rate hit a record low for the third consecutive month in August. The jobless rate fell to 3.3 percent, the best among the dozen states in the Southeast. One of TNECD's long-term goals is to have the lowest unemployment rate in the