ANNUAL EVENTS

The Annual Covered Bridge Celebration is in early June in Downtown Elizabethton. A variety of antiques and handmade crafts are available for purchase from artisans, while some of the area’s talented musicians are showcased on a stage near the historic Covered Bridge over the Doe River.

Other events include the annual Celtic Festival and the Native American Festival which are both held at Sycamore Shoals Park, a historic downtown walking tour, historic “ghost walks,” Roan Mountain Naturalist Rallies in the spring and fall and the annual Rhododendron Festival at Roan Mountain State Park, Watauga Lake Boat Parade, and the Christmas Arts and Crafts Show and Christmas Tree Exhibit, also held at Sycamore Shoals. Here is a more comprehensive list of our annual events.

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CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST

“The Watauga Ranger District (approximately 170,000 acres) is mountainous, with elevations ranging from 1,500 feet in the river valleys to 4,321 feet on Holston Mountain, 4,880 feet on Rogers Ridge, and 4,329 feet on Pond Mountain. This district contains two wilderness areas, two scenic areas, developed campgrounds, 177 campsites, 181 miles of trails, including 20 miles of horse trails, 300 miles of U.S. Forest Service roads, seven developed picnic areas, three developed swimming areas, four boat ramps, and two shooting ranges. All this falls within the three northeastern counties of Tennessee: Carter, Johnson, and Sullivan.”

Information from United States Forest Service

DOWNTOWN ELIZABETHTON

Poised as being both a historic and antique shopping district, families can find fun around every corner. Explorers can take a leisurely stroll along the Walking Tour to find unique points of interest or bike along the Tweetsie Trail. Visitors will also find that the diversity of downtown shops and eateries is unmatched. Downtown businesses support evening activities such as classic car shows, motorcycle rallies, karaoke, and open mic nights.

Also in Downtown Elizabethton, the Doe River Covered Bridge built in 1882 is believed to be the oldest such bridge in the state still used daily. Whether you are seeking a casual stroll, an opportunity to feed the ducks, or a picnic alongside the Doe River, the Doe River Covered Bridge is a must-see when visiting Carter County!

COVERED BRIDGE LIVE STREAM

ROAN MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

Just a few miles up from the town of Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses 2,006 acres of southern Appalachian forest at the base of the 6,285-foot mountain by the same name. Park elevation ranges from 3,000 feet in the valley to around 3,700 feet on surrounding ridges. Rich hardwood forests allow for a great diversity of life and a wide range of outdoor activities.

Park guests have opportunities to hike along creeks and ridges, fish for trout, play tennis, swim, tour a century old farmhouse, join rangers and naturalists for educational programs, and enjoy mountain music concerts. The Appalachian Trail and famous Rhododendron Gardens of Roan Mountain can be accessed at Carver’s Gap, an 8-mile drive from the park.

SYCAMORE SHOALS

Sycamore Shoals, located in Elizabethton, played a pivotal role not only in Tennessee history but in the American Revolution. The site of the first permanent American settlement outside the 13 original colonies, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area has been preserved as a Tennessee state park.

The Watauga Association, the first majority-rule system of American democratic government, was formed here in 1772. The Overmountain militia gathered in response to a threat from British loyalists and traveled over the mountains to win a decisive victory in the Battle of Kings Mountain, S.C., a significant turning point in the Revolutionary War. In July of each year, the saga of the Overmountain Men is presented by local citizen actors in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama, “Liberty!” In addition, the historic march over the mountains is recreated each fall.

WATAUGA LAKE

Poised as being both a historic and antique shopping district, families can find fun around every corner. Explorers can take a leisurely stroll along the Walking Tour to find unique points of interest or bike along the Tweetsie Trail. Visitors will also find that the diversity of downtown shops and eateries is unmatched. Downtown businesses support evening activities such as classic car shows, motorcycle rallies, karaoke, and open mic nights.

Also in Downtown Elizabethton, the Doe River Covered Bridge built in 1882 is believed to be the oldest such bridge in the state still used daily. Whether you are seeking a casual stroll, an opportunity to feed the ducks, or a picnic alongside the Doe River, the Doe River Covered Bridge is a must-see when visiting Carter County!