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

2017 J.A.W. End of Season SALE!

September 1st, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

The Jackson Action Wagon has had another great paddling season with free demos & spreading the fun of kayaking.  It is now time to sell most of the current demo boat fleet to make room for next year’s 2018 fleet!
Check out the link below for current stock and prices:
All J.A.W. boat purchases include the original ... Read More →

2017 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip

August 22nd, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

This past Saturday (8/19/2017) was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) annual river trips on the Nolichucky Gorge geared for first timers.  This river trip has been a staple event almost every year for the club since its establishment all the way back in 1986.  The APE’s also leads a trip on the Lower Nolichucky during this event ... Read More →

APE’s Babes on the Waves

July 31st, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

The Annual “Babes On The Waves” River Run on the Pigeon River!
We’re making it a double trip on the Pigeon River again this year, staggering an Upper and Lower run!
Saturday, August 5 at NOC, 3485 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN at the NOC….
Upper Trip (Class II-III) meeting at 12:00 lead by Jennifer Bradley & Jo Pasqua
Lower ... Read More →



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