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

APE’s Caring Christmas Project

November 20th, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

The APE’s are joining together to spread some Christmas cheer this year by helping a local family in need.  The family recently (11/17/17) suffered the death of the father/husband.  He was the sole breadwinner for the surviving family.  The mother has been a stay at home mom taking care of their youngest boy who has ... Read More →

2017 Tallulah Race Results

November 14th, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

A Benefit Event for

Sponsored by

Micah Cox charging down Oceana – Photo by: Rob Giersch
The race starts in the river right eddy beside the wooden launch ramp at the bottom of the 660 steps to get down into the gorge.  The finish line is at the confluence of the river into Tugalo Lake.  The race course is 1.54 miles ... Read More →

Cold Weather Paddling CLINIC at Overmountain Outdoors

October 31st, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

Overmountain Outdoors Special Event!
Do you love paddling in the summer and want to keep it going in the winter? But you’re not too sure what it takes to do it safely?  Overmountain Outdoors and Wesley R. Bradley are teaming up to offer a FREE clinic on how to properly outfit yourself for cold water & winter paddling.  Join ... Read More →



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