Springtime at Carter Mansion, Elizabethton

Summer at the Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain

Fall at Ripshin Lake, Carter County

Snow covered Roan Mountain, Carter County

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination information:

Carter County Health Department moves COVID-19 vaccination and testing to Workforce Development Complex:

The Carter County Health Department announces it will be providing drive-through COVID-19 vaccines at the Great Lakes Workforce Development facility, 386 TN-91, Elizabethton, TN, Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. starting Thursday, August 19, 2021.

This will include vaccines for those who are just beginning their vaccination series as well as the approved additional 3rd dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals.

Individuals seeking a drive-through vaccine should follow the below driving directions:

  • Turn onto Judge Don Lewis Blvd at the light,
  • Then turn left on Industrial Drive, and left again on Industrial Drive .
  • The tent into the drive-through site will be on the left.


Drive through nasal swab (PCR) testing is also available at this site daily from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

COVID-19 self-test kits are available at the Carter County Health Department Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m-4:00 p.m. The health department is located at 403 E G St, Elizabethton. Individuals using self-test kits must be 18 years or older and have a smart phone and email address.


Tennessee Department of Health Offering third dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health is acting upon recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding an additional dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals. To see the full announcement, please click here: Additional Dose mRNA Vaccine News Release 8-16-21


For more COVID-19 information and resources CLICK HERE.


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 2,000 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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Tennessee Department of Health offering booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

CDC Approved Booster Dose Recommendations for Certain Populations NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Health will begin offering booster doses of COVID vaccine to certain populations, beginning Friday, September 24. A single dose booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can be administered for individuals who met these criteria: • People 65 years and older

Carter County officials announce new renewal kiosk

Carter County is excited to now offer a full-service kiosk to allow residents to conduct their business without having to visit the courthouse. The new indoor self-service Kiosk Payment Station allows citizens to access and renew car tags, locate and pay property taxes, and pay court fines within a few simple