Tri-County YMCA originated in the 1980's as a branch of the YMCA of Kanawha Valley. During the mid-1980's it was known as Y-West and operated as a non-facility YMCA with programs in St. Albans, Cross Lanes, Nitro, and Putnam County with central offices located in Nitro.
In 1991, Y-West broke from the YMCA of Kanawha Valley and formed an indepedently chartered organization under the name Tri-County YMCA, operating as a non-facility YMCA with programming such as child care and group fitness classes across 30 different locations throughout western Kanawha, Putnam, and eastern Cabell counties.
In 1995, the Tri-County YMCA facility opened as a result of a successful two year capital campaign by it's Board of Directors. The 20,000 square foot facility includes a wellness center, gymnasium, racquetball courts, childcare nursery, and administrative area.
An expansion occurred in 1996 with the purchase of Camp High-Tor, a former church camp which now houses summer day camp programs, youth sports, and physical education programs.
In 2006, another capital campaign resulted in the opening of an indoor aquatic center at the main facility that contains a 25-yard lap pool and a separate warm water family pool.
In 2008, the former Teays House Restaurant was purchased, renovated and opened as the Tri-County YMCA Day Care Center. It offers a Pre-K program in collaboration with Putnam County Schools for children ages 4-5 years old.