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:

COVID-19 testing and vaccines are returning to the Carter County Health Department:

Carter County Health Department announces all COVID-19 vaccines and testing is moving to the health department located at 403 East G Street, Elizabethton TN starting on Monday, November 15, 2021.   


Drive-up nasal swab (PCR) testing is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 A.M.; park at the health department and call 423-543-2521 to receive service.  


COVID-19 vaccines are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Appointments for vaccines are encouraged but not required. Call 423-543-2521 to schedule. Walk-ins are also welcome or individuals can schedule a date/time at https://vaccinate.tn.gov/  


COVID-19 vaccines are available throughout the region and state. To check for vaccination sites and hours, visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ 


COVID-19 testing is available throughout the region and state. To check for testing sites and hours, visit https://covid19.tn.gov/testing-sites/ 


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


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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