Springtime at Carter Mansion, Elizabethton


Summer at the Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain


Fall at Ripshin Lake, Carter County


Snow covered Roan Mountain, Carter County

“Naturally Nice”

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, we’re Naturally Nice!

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We Need Your Help!

Elizabethton Star – January 15, 2017 Carter County plans to submit an application requesting a $315,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for a project that will enhance the safety of all County residents. If it is approved by the State of Tennessee, the grant will be used

Launch Tennessee – Helping Carter County Grow

My office is focusing heavily this year on Economic and Community Development opportunities. We will be providing regular updates to you this year on opportunities to help Carter County grow. One such opportunity is the Launch Tennessee Program. According to Governor Bill Haslam, “Launch Tennessee is another piece in our plan

Great Expectations for 2017

Today marks the start of a new year. As is tradition, many people make New Year’s resolutions. Some resolutions come to pass, others don’t. The reason that some resolutions become reality and some don’t is because of determination and commitment. Over the years, I have learned not to focus on resolutions