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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What does Economic Development Look Like?

Many citizens in Carter County have asked me what economic development looks like. You need look no further than to the State of Tennessee Economic and Community Development Team (TNECD) to see a great example. The State’s website, http://www.tnecd.com/, showcases their talented Team Tennessee and many of their impressive news

We Need Your Help!

Elizabethton Star – January 15, 2017 Carter County plans to submit an application requesting a $315,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for a project that will enhance the safety of all County residents. If it is approved by the State of Tennessee, the grant will be used

Launch Tennessee – Helping Carter County Grow

My office is focusing heavily this year on Economic and Community Development opportunities. We will be providing regular updates to you this year on opportunities to help Carter County grow. One such opportunity is the Launch Tennessee Program. According to Governor Bill Haslam, “Launch Tennessee is another piece in our plan