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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***Breaking News!!! 2/6/17: Grant Awarded!!! *** Carter County Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development applies for TNECD Marketing Assistance Program Grant – Recipients placed in the program will be notified February 15, 2017

                      Elizabethton Star – February 5, 2017 Last week I shared with you that my office is working on a Hotel Feasibility Study as well as many other Economic and Community Development projects and would be sharing more progress reports with you. I am happy to report that my staff has also

Economic Development Progress in Carter County

Elizabethton Star – January 29, 2017 Last Sunday I shared with you what economic development looks like and shared with you information about the State of Tennessee Economic and Community Development Team. It is with delight that I share with you this week that your Carter County Mayor’s Office of Economic

Pointing out some of the positives

                                  On The Go - January | Special to the Elizabethton Star January 2017 has proven to be a fantastic month for Carter County, especially for tourism. While normally it’s one of the slowest for visitation, the month has made up for it this year with a series of good news. Just last