Carter County is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the convergence of the Doe and Watauga Rivers. Elizabethton and Carter County are only one hour away from Asheville, NC, two hours away from Knoxville, one-and-a-half hours away from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, one hour away from Boone, NC and 40 minutes away from Bristol.
The centralized location among large cities and small tourist attractions allows residents and visitors to experience the best of both worlds.
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Elizabethton and Carter County provide residents, industries and businesses with easy access to transportation through an infrastructure of both state and federal highways, the US Interstate System and local and regional airports.
Elizabethton Municipal Airport
150 Airport Road
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Tri-Cities Regional Airport
About Carter County
Located at 1651 W. Elk Ave., the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area allows park visitors to step back in time to the turn of the 18th century. The park is the home to a reconstruction of Fort Watauga. The original fort was excavated about a mile away on the shores of the Watauga River. The Overmountain Men mustered here in September 1780 before their march to fight the battle of King’s Mountain. Here was established the first permanent American settlement outside the original 13 colonies and the Watauga Association – the first majority-rule system of American democratic government – was formed in 1772. The outdoor drama, “Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals,” is performed in the Park Amphitheater during the last three weekends of each July. Liberty! is the Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennesse. Visitor Center with theater, museum, and bookstore are provided. Picnicking and walking trails are available.