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’s Basic Swift Water Rescue Course

July 10th, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

(Registration Deadline: 8/4/2017)
Location: Riverpark Campground – Jonesborough, TN
ACA Instuctor: Scott Fisher
Whitewater enthusiasts participate in hazardous activities in wilderness environments. Are you prepared to rescue yourself or your best paddling friend?  Are they prepared to rescue you?  Help in many cases may not be immediately available, and might be hours, not minutes away. Sign up and bring ... Read More →

APE’s Hiwassee River Weekend

July 10th, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

Come join us for a weekend on the Hiwassee River (Class I-II water) July 14-15!
We’re planning on driving down on Friday afternoon and camp at Gee Creek Campground. It is a very nice facility with full amenities.
Saturday: Meeting at the put-in at 12:00 noon. We’ll load up and convoy from the campground.
We’ll find a ... Read More →

Noli Triple Threat Triathlon

June 21st, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

Where agility rafts whitewater, where strength challenges obstacles and where endurance hikes mountains, The Triple Threat is the only event that begins on the churning whitewaters of the Nolichucky River and finishes with a battle against natures terrain. The Triple Threat is a triathlon event designed to challenge the most enthusiast competitor. While testing your ... Read More →



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