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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Preventing the Spread of Raccoon Rabies in Carter County

Elizabethton Star – September 18, 2016 “The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Service, Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services) and the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), supported by other state and federal agencies, are continuing to implement a program to immunize wild raccoons for rabies with

“A New Day” at the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter

Elizabethton Star – September 11, 2016 As County Mayor, the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter operation falls under my supervision. In response to numerous Citizen concerns and, as the result of a recent and on-going operational audit by my office, I discovered that the day-to-day operation was not meeting expectations for