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

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 →

APE’s & TEHCC Basic Swift Water Rescue Course

April 7th, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

(Registration Deadline: 6/9/2017)
Location: Riverpark Campground – Jonesborough, TN
ACA Instuctor: Scott Fisher
Assistant Instructors: Jeremy Gass & Wesley R. Bradley
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 ... Read More →

APE’s & TEHCC Wilderness First Aid & CPR Courses

April 3rd, 2017 Contributed by: wildwildwes

Registration Deadline: May 13, 2017

Dates:    WFA: May 20-21, 2017 / CPR: May 20, 2017 (eve only)
Times:    WFA: 8:30 AM—5:00 PM both days / CPR: 5:30 PM—7:30 PM
Cost:        WFA: $100 / CPR: $25 (+$10 if not APE or TEHCC member)
Location:  Eastman Lodge, 404 Bays Mountain Park Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660
Course Description:  The ... Read More →



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