Springtime at Carter Mansion, Elizabethton

Summer at the Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain

Fall at Ripshin Lake, Carter County

Snow covered Roan Mountain, Carter County

Tennessee’s Mountain Playground

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 and visit Tennessee’s Mountain Playground!


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City, county hold high graduation rates

ELIZABETHTON STAR - The future leaders of Tennessee continue to make high marks according to the state’s Department of Education. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Monday morning that the 2017-18 high school graduation rate held steady at 89.1 percent, which continues to be the highest rate on record for the state. Across

Board of Education Vacancy

PUBLIC NOTICE Carter County Board of Education Vacancy The Carter County Commission is seeking to fill a vacancy for the 1st District representative on the Carter County Board of Education. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following qualifications pursuant to T.C.A 49-2-202: (1) Be a bona fide resident and qualified voter of the 1st

Parrots & Tails IV hopes to raise $10,000 for animal shelter

ELIZABETHTON STAR - The fruit of multiple months worth of labor will take form this weekend across Elizabethton. And the area’s smallest — and furriest — residents will be able to reap the rewards. With an all-day agenda on tap, Parrots & Tails IV gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 29, from