Carter Co. officials eyeing possible resort near Watauga Lake


Carter County Mayor Rusty Barnett confirms that plans are underway to possibly bring a new resort to Watauga Lake. 

Barnett tells News Channel 11 that the plan for the 130-acre resort will be discussed during Tuesday afternoon’s Planning Commission meeting. 

If approved by the planning commission, it will go before the full Carter County Commission for a vote in April. 

Barnett says, if approved, the new resort would be located off Highway 67 near Watauga Lake and construction would be broken up into three phases. 

  • Phase One would include the construction of an inn and other amenities near the lake, including a restaurant. 
  • Phase Two would include the construction of a skating rink and a village within the resort. 
  • Phase Three would include the construction of villas and condos. 

Barnett adds that if the plan is approved, an estimated 500-plus jobs could come to the county once construction of the resort is completed. 

More details on the resort will be made available during Tuesday’s meeting. 

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