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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County Commission adopts unique incentives policy

ELIZABETHTON STAR - The Carter County Commission voted through a policy that could help the Carter County Industrial Board bring in both industrial and tourism companies to the county. Voting 24-0 during Monday’s meeting at the Carter County Courthouse, the commission approved a resolution that created an “inventive policy to

Carter County Commission elects Lyons as chairman

ELIZABETHTON STAR - The Carter County Commission saw some big changes during Monday night’s meeting at the courthouse. Electing a new chairman The commission elected County Commissioner Ray Lyons to replace Dr. Robert Acuff as the commission chairman. To read more CLICK HERE.