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 Strokes & Concepts Clinic with Stephen Wright

January 17th, 2018 Contributed by: wildwildwes

A pool session with the Hobbit King to improve your paddling techniques!
(Registration Deadline—Jan 29, 2018)
Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Stephen Wright.  Jackson Kayak Factory Team member, Stephen, is a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, US Freestyle team ... Read More →

Pyranha Freedom Hall Pool Demo

January 9th, 2018 Contributed by: wildwildwes

Chris Hipgrave will be joining us on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at our weekly pool session.  Chris will have all the hottest new kayak designs from Pyranha for free demo and he’ll be there to help with paddling instruction.
Check out the link below for all the Freedom Hall Pool Session info:


APE’s Winter Meeting

January 8th, 2018 Contributed by: wildwildwes

WHO: APE’s Club Members and any new/rejoining recruits 

WHEN: Friday, February 9, 2017 @ 7:00-9:00 P.M.  
WHERE: Eastman Lodge – 404 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN 37660

We are going to host a Chili and Potato Bar Potluck for the meal.  So break out your favorite chili recipe and potato fixings to bring to this meeting!  Please let Steven Adams (423-650-1293 ... Read More →



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