Welcome to Elizabethton Carter County


Whether you are hiking in the spring, fishing or golfing in the summer, spotting brilliant leaves and mountain biking in autumn, or cross-country skiing in the winter, Carter County offers a myriad of exciting, challenging outdoors adventures.

Carter County is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Tennessee, a haven for outdoors enthusiasts throughout the year. With four distinct seasons, visitors may select the time of year that best fits their interests. The Appalachian Trail serves as a recreational statement for the county; however, sports lovers have the advantage of a diverse selection of recreation.

Camp, hike and swim at Sycamore Shoals State Park and Roan Mountain State Park. Roan Mountain is the highest point in Tennessee outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Among popular out-of-doors pursuits in Carter County are boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping and golf. Considered the introduction to the Southern Highlands region, the county is rich with natural beauty and recreational high points. The Watauga River is the go-to waterway for trophy trout. Wind your way up the Appalachian Trail to the seemingly sky-high Rhododendron Gardens on Roan Mountain for a view you will never forget.

Set sail on a summer cruise, leaving the harbor every Saturday evening from April through October. Catch the Covered Bridge Festival in June, with music, vendors and fun galore. Rent a bike and cruise the Tweetsie Trail, an easy grade hike/bike path and former railroad that meanders the beautiful East Tennessee countryside.

Stroll through downtown Elizabethton, browsing interesting antique shops and spectacular restaurants. Join a group and get into the conversation! Among the possibilities are quilting, storytelling and historical groups. Bring the family to seasonal celebrations, such as the Covered Bridge Festival and the Christmas parade.

The county is centrally located to many area attractions and cities such as Tri-Cities—Bristol, Johnson City, Kingsport—and two hours from Knoxville. Carter County has something for everyone—shopping downtown, taking part in one of our many annual festivals and events or simply enjoying the great outdoors.


With an average precipitation level of 54”, Carter County is a good location for gardeners. The average summer high temperature is 89 degrees, with the low at 62. Winter temperatures average 41 for the high and 27 for the low in the month of January.

Examples of 200k Homes

image description Elegant White House $219,900 1,652 square feet
image description Beautiful Brick House $199,900 2,411 square feet

Healthcare is always uppermost in the minds of smart, plan-ahead retirees. For injuries and illnesses of a non-life-threatening nature, visit First Assist Urgent Care, Elizabethton. For medical care that requires lab work, radiology or imaging, the Elizabethton office of Medical Care is available, with other diagnostic services on hand. Sycamore Shoals Hospital’s ER is open twenty-four hours, seven days a week, to coordinate and ensure your prompt diagnosis and efficient treatment.

At Sycamore Shoals Hospital ER, you are assured of complete services. Double physician coverage shortens wait time. There is a 24-hour laboratory for emergency testing, a 24-hour radiology department for required x-rays and a 24-hour pharmacy to take care of your medication requirements. The ER is backed by Wings Air Rescue, the region's only hospital based dedicated air-transport service. At MedWorks, Sycamore Shoals Hospital has a 24-hour Occupational Medicine program that offers workers' compensation injury support.

Sycamore Shoals Hospital Emergency Department serves Elizabethton, Carter County, Johnson County and South Johnson City.

Tax & Living Expenses

Recently, Tennessee earned a number-one spot among states considered prime retirement locations in a Bankrate.com study. Ranked by data such as climate, tax rates, cost of living and access to health care, Tennessee has a cost of living 9.6% below the national average.

Our state and local tax burden is the third lowest in the nation, with residents enjoying no income tax except on interest and dividends. State sales tax is 7%; 6% for food.

Tennessee has no state property tax. Property taxes are locally determined and collected.

The median home value in Carter County is $100,270.

Higher Education

Northeast State Community College

Carter County offers higher education at Northeast State Community College, with a satellite campus in Elizabethton, and at the main campus of Milligan College.

Experience Living in Carter County

Carter County is such a peaceful, wonderful place to live. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. It is truly a community that watches out for each other. It has the most picturesque views! Carter County is home. - Betti Stevens
We moved to Carter County for the location. Carter County offers access to everything we need such as travel, playing in the mountains, medical care and entertainment. Everything we could want is within driving distance. Carter County is so welcoming and everyone is very friendly. We are extremely happy with our decision to move here. - Tonya White


Carter County can take some of the hassle out of your lifestyle visit. We have arranged discounts with select hotels and have coordinated VIP treatment for our visitors with participating development partners (subject to availability).

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Discover Tennessee Tour

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