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 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Boatercross #1

May 11th, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

World Kayak proudly announces the 9th annual series of grassroots paddling events in the Tri-Cities region.  The World Kayak Hometown Throwdown is a series of FUN & FREE whitewater paddling events 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 ... Read More →

Matt Dalton Gets Local Carter County First Descent!

May 5th, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

Report by Wesley R. Bradley
The Dalton Brothers (Matt & Josh) have been local Tri-Cities, TN whitewater pioneers for many years now.  They both were the first two local boaters in our area to break +100′ waterfall huck back in 2012: http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2012/07/11/dalton-brothers-huck-metlako-falls/
Matt has had his eye on a stretch of whitewater for a possible 1st D way up in ... Read More →

Paddle in Pink Confidence Series: Dirty Bird

April 17th, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

When: June 24, 2017 @ 10:30 A.M.
Where: NOC Outpost on the Pigeon River
Who: Presented by Paddle in Pink for the ladies!
Ladies get out your playboats and your slicey boats, Paddle in Pink is putting on its 3rd annual Dirty Bird Confidence Series.  Come on out and join Crystal Gustin, Nikki Winkler Malatin and Katie Dean for ... Read More →



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