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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Tourism effect: Visitors spent $39.47 million in Carter County during 2017

ELIZABETHTON STAR - NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett announced today Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached a new all-time record high of $20.7 billion in 2017, up 6.3 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association.

Team Tennessee Times – July 30, 2018

Encouraging Job Growth in Rural Tennessee One of TNECD's top priorities is to elevate the 15 Tennessee counties federally designated as distressed to sustainable levels of economic growth. Since last year, four counties have transitioned up from distressed: Campbell, Wayne, Houston and Haywood. As for the other 15 distressed communities, there's been a string

Appalachian Regional Commission – July 26, 2018

ARC NEWS ROUNDUP  |  July 26, 2018  |  VOLUME 3, ISSUE 29 ARC SPOTLIGHT MSTI students in the Climate Systems Science, Modeling and Communication group improved their understanding of the components and complexities of climate systems, the roles of experimentation and data collection, and the design of effective public CSS communication. Photo Source: ORAU Summer of STEM For