Upper East Tennessee has been blessed with unparalleled beauty. It is a landscape of rolling hills, green meadows and crystal clear waters. Nestled in this pastoral panorama, discover Elizabethton, a quaint, picturesque, history rich gem in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, Elizabethton is the epitome of natural beauty. Etched by natural rivers, rippling streams, and bejeweled by the clean, cool waters of Watauga and Wilbur Lakes, Carter County offers the full breadth and depth of outdoor experiences to please fishermen, hikers, and all other nature lovers. One visit and you will fully understand why Elizabethton calls itself, Naturally Nice. Discover Elizabethton's rich history at the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, the The John and Landon Carter Mansion or the Doc River Covered Bridge. Treat yourself to the scenic side of the area with a trip to Doc Rover, Rhododendron Gardens or a hike along the Appalachian Trail. Or, take the family out for a day of shopping, an afternoon at the park or a morning at Watauga Lake.