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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Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership – Weekly Headlines, October 9, 2017

Searching for identity: Region trying to build a unified brand With the process for a federally designated National Recreation Area taking longer than expected, economic development officials are now planning a branding and marketing campaign to advertise the region’s natural resources to potential employers and tourists. Read More Johnson City, Kingsport-Bristol continue slowly

Team Tennessee Times – October 9, 2017

DENSO Investing $1 Billion in Maryville Plant, To Create 1,000 New Jobs DENSO North America announced a significant expansion in Maryville on Friday. Blount County's largest employer is investing $1 billion and creating 1,000 new jobs to produce parts for vehicles with electric engines and self-driving technologies. With its global headquarters in Japan,