About the Tri-cities area

IM002826Welcome to the Tri-Cities Region

The metro Tri-Cities region includes Kingsport and Johnson City, TN and Bristol, TN/VA. An All-American Region in 1999, over 490,000 people call this beautiful region nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains home. The Tri-Cities World Kayak Region encompasses a 50 mile radius that includes 4 states (TN, VA, NC & VA), 18 counties and parts of 14 other surrounding counties. All areas within the 50 mile radius can be reached in less than a two hour drive from any point in the Tri-Cities Metro area. Within a 1 hour drive of any of the Tri-Cities, you can reach southeast classic creeks such as the Elk River Gorge, Watauga Gorge, and the Doe River Gorge. This isn’t mentioning the crown jewel of intermediate kayaking, the Nolichucky Gorge. We have great beginner runs in the Lower Noli, Lower Watauga, and South Fork of the Holston. TVA reservoirs dot the region giving flat-water boaters the option of exploring lakes with a beautiful mountain backdrop. Regardless of the type of boater you are, you will find something to satisfy your insatiable appetite for the liquid lifestyle in the Tri-Cities region. (more…)

Recent News and Info

Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI) Grand Opening

June 21st, 2018 Contributed by: wildwildwes

The Tri-Cities region’s first comprehensive outdoor school,

Announces Grand Opening
Erwin, TN— June 20, 2018 — The Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI),  the region’s first comprehensive outdoor school, announced today that it is open for business and ready to begin accepting reservations for its numerous outdoor-themed classes.  Co-located with USA Raft on the banks of the Nolichucky ... Read More →

APE’s Paddle to the Grill

June 13th, 2018 Contributed by: wildwildwes

It’s time to get your lake boat out and join us for a fun paddle to the grill for good food & fun!
Jays Dock & Grill
945 Pickens Bridge Road
Gray, Tennessee

When: Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Occurring weekly during the summer
We will be launching within 30 minutes of meeting to paddle 3 miles to one of the restaurants, ... Read More →

APE’s Lower Watauga River Trip

June 1st, 2018 Contributed by: wildwildwes

Whitewater Class I-II
We will meet at Riverside Park in Elizabethton,TN behind the Ballpark at 3:00 P.M. on Bi-weekly Saturdays this summer!
Please be prepared for cold water by bringing warm gear to wear (no matter how hot the weather is).  Contact Debbie if you need anything or have questions.
Also we stop for a break about half way so ... Read More →



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