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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Weekly Headlines for May 8, 2017: Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership

Interest increases surrounding Washington County Industrial Park as 8 prospects tour site In recent months, the bulk of the board’s attention has been centered on two plots of land in Telford, commonly known as the Washington County Industrial Park. Read More Tri-Cities job creation bouncing back from slowdown Preliminary, non-adjusted job creation numbers show a slight

Tennessee Career Awareness Design Workshop Invitation – Calling ALL Employers, Educators, Community and Government Leaders

        Elizabethton Star – May 7, 2017 We received word yesterday afternoon from the Tennessee State Economic and Community Development Community Development Director, Ms. Jody Sliger, asking us to get the word out about the Workshops invitation below. “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation continues to make significant investments in the state of