Video includes virtual tour of Carter County

Published 10:15 am Friday, November 7, 2014

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Want to take a three-minute tour of Carter County?
A new tourism video of Carter County will allow viewers to do just that.
Washington County videographer, Ron Zucker, has been working for almost a year to complete the three to four-minute project, designed to showcase the best of Carter County.
“I have been to all the counties in the area and over in North Carolina,” he said. “But I have spent the most time in Carter County. It is a beautiful area that is full of history and no one knows about it. That is a shame.”
To showcase Carter County, Zucker traveled around to different spots filming all the county has to offer. Roan Mountain, the Appalachian Trail, the Carter Mansion, the Blue Hole, Laurel Falls, Doe River Gorge, Watauga Lake, the Covered Bridge, Sycamore Shoals and downtown Elizabethton will be included in the video.
Because the video is only a few minutes long, most of the areas will be featured for only a few seconds while a voice-over details the attractions.
Even though the video is not lengthy, that doesn’t mean Zucker spent a short amount of time at each location.
“I was filming at Doe River Gorge for three to four hours to get that three to four seconds for the video,” he said.
While most of the filming for the video is complete, Zucker said he would be at the Elizabethton Christmas Open House this Sunday gathering a little more footage to showcase downtown.
Also, if another snow event happens before the final completion date in January, he plans to add footage of cross-country skiers.
After the video is finished, Carter County Tourism Coordinator Carl Brickey said the video will be published on the tourism website and shared through the various social media sites.
“We hope this drives more traffic here,” Brickey said. “The video gives a visual showcase of what we do have. You can only say so much with words and pictures, so seeing it in motion really does the trick.”
If the video “goes over well” Zucker plans to make additional videos of specific areas of Carter County, such as restaurants, bed and breakfasts, downtown and others.

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