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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Team Tennessee – August 7, 2017

Gov. Haslam Announces Funding to Expand Higher Education Programs in Three Counties Last week, Gov. Haslam presented two state workforce development grants to the TCAT-Jacksboro (above) and TCAT-Livingston (below). The grant funding will help expand higher education opportunities and support the Drive to 55 goal of increasing the number of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate


The Elizabethton Star reported on Wednesday, August 2, 2017  that the County Commission’s Rules and By-Laws Committee voted 7-1 to approve a measure to lower the number of Commissioners from 24 to 16 (with each of the County’s eight districts going from having three representatives on the Commission to two).