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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Great Expectations for 2017

Today marks the start of a new year. As is tradition, many people make New Year’s resolutions. Some resolutions come to pass, others don’t. The reason that some resolutions become reality and some don’t is because of determination and commitment. Over the years, I have learned not to focus on resolutions

Carter County Receives a Tremendous Gift of Love

Today, December 25, is a day that many people celebrate Christmas and give thanks for the year past. As families and friends gather together in fellowship and exchange gifts, many families include their beloved pets in their celebrations. Many people treat and love their pets like children and many people who don’t have children

First Tennessee Development District Celebrates 50 Years!

  Elizabethton Star – December 18, 2016 Currently serving as Chairman of the First Tennessee Development District Board of Directors I want to share with you some of my remarks from the December 14th Press Conference celebrating 50 Successful Years of Operation. This is truly a momentous occasion for our region. This Development