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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TCAT Elizabethton – One of Carter County’s Crown Jewels

We are truly blessed in Carter County to have not only one of the most beautiful places to live, play and work in the world but to also have all of the wonderful educational opportunities available to our citizens in Carter County and the region. One of our many crown

Carter County Tourism Program Post – August 25, 2017

PROGRAM POST State releases economic impact data      The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has released economic impact figures for 2016. We are excited to see a 2 percent increase with approximately $37 million dollars being spent through tourism in our county. Most importantly we are proud to say that tourism