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 and Vaccine information:

Testing and Vaccination services on site at Carter County Health Department:

The Carter County Health Department is now offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at the Carter County Health Department offices Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Residents may call ahead to set up an appointment or simply drive up and park in one of the parking spaces at the end of the parking lot closest to the gazebo and then call in to 423-543-2521 to let the staff know you are there and what service you need. In the event of bad weather, testing and vaccination will move inside the facility.


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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The Financial Management Committee will meet in a special called session on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. at the Carter County Courthouse for the purpose of discussing the Director of Finance position.


The Carter County Commission will meet in a Special Called Session on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 6 p.m. in the main Courtroom at the Carter County Courthouse for the purpose of review and consideration of the proposed countywide Carter County Communications Project, including discussion and potential approval of current proposals/bids and potential sources and methods of funding.

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