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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County Mayor’s Town Hall Meetings Scheduled For November and December

  Carter County was awarded the Tennessee Economic and Community Development (ECD) Marketing Assistance Program Grant in February 2017. The award Carter County received is a new marketing video and website for Corporate Attraction produced by DesignSensory. I am very pleased to report that Governor Haslam will be debuting the new

Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership – October 17, 2017

Local business leaders heading to Roanoke for outdoor recreation festival usiness leaders from the Tri-Cities are on their way to Roanoke, Va to one of the largest outdoor recreation festivals in the Southeast.  Mitch Miller, CEO of the Washington County, Tennessee Economic Development Council tells us the festival attracts nearly 30,000

Team Tennessee Times – October 16, 2017

Haslam, Rolfe Visit Japan, South Korea Gov. Bill Haslam and TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe spent last week visiting with business leaders and companies in South Korea and Japan. The economic development trip included a meeting with DENSO officials and a reception hosted by former TNECD commissioner and current U.S. Ambassador to