March 21, 2019 / Comments (0)


As you begin planning a summer or fall vacation to the Appalachian mountains there are many things to consider when you are choosing your destination. Perhaps great hiking is a priority for you. Maybe enjoying activities on the water are more your style. Or even just strolling through small towns and relishing a slower pace of life. Why not all of the above? Carter County provides all this and more!

You can discover some of the best hiking on the Appalachian Trail, whether it’s taking in the 360 degree views on the balds of Roan Mountain or visiting the magnificent 40’ by 50’ Laurel Falls. With hundreds of miles of trails even the most avid hiker can get their fill. If a leisurely stroll or bike ride is more your speed the Tweetsie Trail is a 10 mile rails-to-trails project which follows the route of the former ET&WNC railroad. 

There are plenty of ways to stay cool on the water as well. Watauga Lake offers fantastic bass fishing and the Watauga River features some of Tennessee’s finest opportunities for catching trophy trout. Kayaking and sailing are popular activities on Watauga Lake and more daring thrill seekers will want to take advantage of the rafting and whitewater kayaking on the Watauga River.

When you’re ready to take a break from exploring the outdoors, stroll through historic downtown Elizabethton and enjoy the many dining and shopping opportunities. Be sure to stop by Elizabethton’s signature landmark, the covered bridge, which was built in 1882.

If spending time outdoors and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle sounds like the perfect vacation for you, then check out Carter County, Tennessee. Visit www.tourcartercounty.com for more information and to start planning your adventure!

Last modified: March 22, 2019

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