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

Lower Watauga River Cleanup

March 23rd, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

We have extra canoes for this if anyone wants one just let me or Ruben Creek know.Trout Unlimited’s Overmountain Chapter is conducting the third annual Bill Beazell Memorial Cleanup on March 25, 2017 from 9:00 am to noon.
The cleanup is in association with the 1st Annual Tailwater Roundup, an effort by local conservation organizations and ... Read More →

RedBull Lower Nolichucky Spring Cleaning w/ Dane Jackson

March 15th, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

Where: USA Raft – 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN 37650
When: March 18 – 19
Meeting Time: Saturday, 12:00 PM, March 18th

Every spring, temperatures warm up and it’s that time again; to clean up your home and all that you love. For Dane Jackson, the Tennessee rivers and waterways have been his home since he first hopped in ... Read More →

What Jackson Kayak would you like to paddle in 2017?

February 21st, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

The Jackson Action Wagon’s is in its 11th year of spreading kayaking fun by providing FREE JK demos on the traveling showcase trailer.
I am now taking suggestions for what JK whitewater, fishing/hunting , recreation/touring, kids kayaks or SUP’s you would like to see stocked in the 2017 J.A.W. Fleet.  Take a look at all the current products we ... Read More →


 

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