Fall In Love With Us

Autumn paints this place into a colourfully warm retreat where it’s easy to escape the buzz. During any of the four seasons, this county located in Northeast Tennessee is a mecca for scenic drives, hikes and lake excursions. Leaf peepers and adventure seekers will find fun around every switchback and river bend.

“It’s our mission to inspire travellers to plan extraordinary adventures with us,” said Kayla Carter, Carter County Tourism Coordinator. “The outdoor experiences and historical significance found in our community make it easy for us to complete this mission.”

Roan Mountain offers panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Appalachian Trail. Some choose to rent a boat, paddle board to get an up-close experience of Watauga Lake, which is one of the cleanest lakes in the nation.

“Guests also travel here to zipline, ride horseback on Holston Mountain and see rare bird species,” Carter said. “We are also blessed with several beautiful waterfall hikes as well as two federally designation wilderness areas.”

Downtown Elizabethton offers many retail options for shoppers as well as some unique antique stores. For a first-hand experience of the history, take the Downtown Elizabethton Walking Tour by the Doe River Covered Bridge and the historic Bonnie Kate Theater. Carter is especially proud that the area now called the city of Elizabethton was once referred to as the Watauga Association.

“Every July, Sycamore Shoals State Park honours this heritage with the state’s official outdoor drama called ‘Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals,” Carter said. “This play honours the actions of early settlers who formed one of the first democratic societies that later influenced the process for the establishment of our great nation.”

There’s much more to be discovered through a trip to see Elizabethton and the surrounding Northeast Tennessee region.

“Come see what makes this county a great location for families to experience adventures together,” Carter said. “We are always happy to help guests craft the perfect itinerary.”

The Carter County Tourism Council invites all to explore the area online at tourcartercounty.com. For more information about travel planning, contact the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce at (423) 547-3850.