By Ashley Rader
Carl Brickey IV, the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce’s new tourism coordinator, plans to focus on Carter County’s outdoor attractions while adding more live entertainment options as a way to boost tourism and activity in the county.
Brickey started out the new year in his new position. He is originally from Broadford, Va., and graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in sports and leisure management.
“I want to be able to bring more tourism to Carter County and get the word out about all of the great resources we have here,” Brickey said. “There are so many things here to do, from fishing to car shows.”
Brickey said Carter County had many positives that could be emphasized to promote tourism, and one of those positives is the natural beauty that surrounds the county.
“In the outdoors, there is so much to do,” he said. “We have miles and miles of the Appalachian Trail. There is the Watauga River, which is one of the best trout streams. We have beaucoup of national forests and then there is Watauga Lake, which is the cleanest lake in the TVA system.”
Paired with these are the two state parks in Carter County. Brickey said having Roan Mountain State Park and Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in the county is a huge benefit.
“Roan Mountain has an amazing trail system and a great campground and cabins,” Brickey said. “Sycamore Shoals has a fantastic interpretive program and do a lot of programs down there.”
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