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.

Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI) Grand Opening

The Tri-Cities region’s first comprehensive outdoor school, Announces Grand Opening   Erwin, TN— June 20, 2018 — The Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI),  the region’s first comprehensive outdoor school, announced today that it is open for business and ready...

APE’s Paddle to the Grill

      It's time to get your lake boat out and join us for a fun paddle to the grill for good food & fun!   Jays Dock & Grill 945 Pickens Bridge Road Gray, Tennessee When: Thursdays at 6:30 PM Occurring weekly during the summer   We will be launching within 30 minutes...

APE’s Lower Watauga River Trip

      Whitewater Class I-II We will meet at Riverside Park in Elizabethton,TN behind the Ballpark at 3:00 P.M. on Bi-weekly Saturdays this summer! Please be prepared for cold water by bringing warm gear to wear (no matter how hot the weather is).  Contact Debbie if...

Paddle in Pink Confidence Series: Dirty Bird

When: July 7, 2018 @ 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 4th annual Dirty Bird Confidence Series.  Come on out and...

NoliFest 2018 Beat Night Fall BoaterX Results

Photo by Dale Swanson Bristol Motor Speedway was not the only great racing colosseum the weekend of April 13-15th in the Tri-Cities! #beatnightfall at NoliFest had lots of action in the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge. There were a total of 25...

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