Springtime in Carter County, Tennessee is the perfect time of year to visit. The world’s largest natural rhododendron garden is located near the summit of Roan Mountain and begins blooming in late spring, with the blooms reaching their peak around mid June. People travel from far and wide to view this beautiful show of natural beauty. To view the rhododendron gardens all it takes is a short stroll along paved paths, but to see more of what these mountains have to offer you should go for a hike along the Appalachian Trail. There are plenty of options for great hikes, whatever your preferred level of difficulty, whether it’s taking in stunning panoramic views while crossing the balds on Roan Mountain at an elevation of over 6000 feet, visiting the impressive Laurel Fork Falls or winding around Watauga Lake.

If spending some time on the water appeals to you then you’re sure to get your fix boating on Watauga Lake, kayaking or paddle boarding down one of the rivers or fishing in the mountain streams. The Watauga River is renowned for its exceptional trout fishing. Guided rafting and kayaking trips are also available on the Watauga. With beautiful Watauga Lake, the Watauga and Doe rivers, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails the opportunities for outdoor adventure are limitless.

After a long day in the mountains stroll through historic downtown Elizabethton and enjoy the many dining and shopping opportunities. On most evenings you can find live music and frequent events taking place downtown in a town loved for its historical charm and friendly people.

Come and see why Carter County is known as Tennessee’s Mountain Playground. Start planning your adventure today at tourcartercounty.com!