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

NoliFest 2018 Beat Night Fall BoaterX Results

April 20th, 2018 Contributed by: wildwildwes

Photo by Dale Swanson
Bristol Motor Speedway was not the only great racing colosseum the weekend of April 13-15th in the Tri-Cities! #beatnightfall at NoliFest had lots of action in the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge.
There were a total of 25 athletes in the inaugural event and Shane Benedict cheered from the ... Read More →

WIN a JK MixMaster at NoliFest!

April 2nd, 2018 Contributed by: wildwildwes

The Jackson Action Wagon is giving away brand new 2018 Jackson Kayak Mixmaster 7.5 (Bluegrass color) at NoliFest this year!
Where: USA Raft – 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, Tennessee 37650
The J.A.W. is proud to partner with USA Raft on Saturday (April 14th) at this event to give away JK’s hottest new whitewater design in a ... Read More →

2018 NoliFest Hometown Throwdown

March 28th, 2018 Contributed by: wildwildwes

World Kayak proudly announces the 10th annual series of grassroots paddling events in the Tri-Cities region.  These FUN & FREE whitewater paddling events are aimed at friendly competition on the Nolichucky River.  Event rules are easy and prizes are only given out for participation… we draw names from a hat!
All boaters/paddlers are welcome to participate!  Our World Kayak ... Read More →



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