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River Place on the Clinch offers wide range of activities throughout the year

December 21st, 2011 4:20 pm by Staff Report

River Place on the Clinch offers wide range of activities throughout the year

River Place on the Clinch is a popular tourist attraction on the Clinch River.

KYLES FORD, Tenn. - Most any day of the year, River Place on the Clinch is bustling with activity.

Originally built in the 1940s, River Place on the Clinch is a project of the Clinch-Powell RC&D and serves as the local market and café. In addition, it also serves as an office for cabin and boat rentals, and the spacious Conservation Center & Retreat. River Place on the Clinch Market opened Sept. 1, 2007, with six low-impact rental cabins added in November followed by the Café in December.

Reminiscent of a local country store, the market stocks all manner of items from shampoo to Pointer brand jeans and overalls.

"We stock just about everything you would need for daily living like milk, bread, staples, shampoo and over-the-counter medicines," said Rhonda Stewart, cashier. The market also sells local handmade crafts, River Place T-shirts, Pointer brand overalls and coats and, during the summer, local produce.

The café offers some of the best homemade country cooking around and offers mouth-watering daily special. The specials change weekly, except for Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday always guarantees catfish and chicken tenders, while the Friday feature is Chicken 'n Dumplings until 4 p.m. when it changes to grilled ribeye steak or chicken.

River Place on the Clinch is a popular tourist attraction on the Clinch River and has a total of seven rental cabins. Five cabins will sleep four to five, the cottage will accommodate four to six, and a newly-built primitive cabin sleeps four. There are several primitive campsites, along the river, available for rental.

Just across the river is the spacious Conservation Center & Retreat, which comfortably accommodates a group of 21. Once the Testerman family home, the Conservation Center has been historically preserved and renovated and has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a full kitchen and a large dining/meeting room. All linens and dishes are provided.

River Place on the Clinch is open year-round and activities are planned throughout the year. The first Tuesday of each month is Ladies’ Night, where anywhere from 15 to 20 local ladies gather to swap gossip and play bingo.

"It generally starts about 6:30 and lasts until we get ready to go home," Stewart laughed. "We all bring snacks, play bingo and just have a good time."

A Book Swap is held the second Tuesday night of each month. "You don’t even have to bring a book to join in. Just come on out and join us," Stewart said.

An annual canoe race is held on both Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends. Outdoor movies are shown the third Saturday of each month, and local musicians grace the stage the first Saturday of each month.

River Place on the Clinch is located within 850 acres of TWRA’s Wildlife Management Area. The Clinch River is one of the world’s most-ecologically diverse rivers in existence today and features the largest collection of freshwater mussels on earth. The Clinch is also home to the bald eagle and Indiana Grey bat.

River Place on the Clinch provides raft, funyak, canoe and tube rentals during the summer. A shuttle service is provided, as well as lifejackets and paddles.

River Place on the Clinch is located on the corner of Hwys 70 and 33. There are two easily traveled routes from Kingsport. You can either take Highway 11W to Rogersville and take Highway 70N over Clinch Mountain. Or take Highway 23/58 from Kingsport toward Duffield. Then, just before you cross the Clinch River, take Route 600 and follow that road until you reach Kyles Ford. If you’re lucky on this drive, you might catch a glimpse of the bald eagle.

For more information, call 423-733-4400 or visit Be sure to check out their Facebook page for daily specials and special events.

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