Get Lost in Carter County
Beautiful Carter County is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Tennessee. With four distinct seasons, visitors may select the time of year that best fits their interests. Enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, rafting and canoeing on Watauga Lake or one of our many rivers and streams. Watauga River features one of 2 Designated Trophy Trout Streams in the state. Carter County’s natural resources allow for camping, biking, hiking, and more at various times throughout the year.
Roan Mountain, elevation 6,285 ft. above sea level, is home to the world’s largest wild Catawba Rhododendron gardens. The gardens are a sea of pink in June when the Rhododendron bloom peaks.
Interested in history? Come and learn the history of Carter County; the location of the first democratic government on this continent. Elizabethton/ Carter County, established in 1769 and originally known as the Watauga Settlement, was the first of four permanent settlements located west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Take a stroll through Downtown Elizabethton with its many interesting antique shops, spectacular restaurants, and a summer classic car cruise-in which runs every Saturday evening from April through October. Or enjoy one of our many annual festivals and events. Carter County has it all. Get lost in the striking landscapes that ARE Carter County. Visit, stay, and enjoy Carter County; Tennessee’s Mountain Playground!