TEHCC is sponsoring two FunFest events this year.
Tuesday, July 16 – Jay Erskine Leutz presents “Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail” at 6:30pm, Kingsport Higher Education Center Auditorium (300 W. Market Street). Jay will discuss the effort (as told in his book) about preserving Belview Mountain, a towering peak along the AT over in North Carolina, from destructive mining.
Thursday, July 18 - Moonlight Hike at Bays Mountain Park. ****CANCELLED**** Park reports significant damage from yesterday’s cloudburst, thus decision was made at 3:30PM.
This popular event attracts 400-600 participants each year. The hike traverses 2.5 miles around the lake on Lakeside and Holly Trails. It kicks off at 8:00PM from the dam near the visitors center. Arrive early as parking has been an issue with shuttle buses now running from the Eastman lodge parking lot. Bring your own flashlight/headlamp, water, and insect repellant. Hike ends with a headcount back at the visitors center by 10PM.
We need at least twelve volunteers to assist the Bays Mountain Park Association with this event. The responsibilities are minimal – show up 30 minutes early (7:30 pm), stand at a trail junction with a flashlight or headlamp and help make sure nobody gets lost. Contact Marc Schurger if interested, 423-229-5921.
Barry Griggs reporting
Event Date May 27
The warm sun filtered through the trees as our dedicated group of hikers made its way along this relatively easy 4.85-mile round-trip hike. Our hike started at the Bays Mountain Nature Center and ended with an overview of Kingsport from the antennas atop the mountain. We could identify places like Church Circle and Holston Valley Medical Center and of course, the Big “E.” After a brief rest and snack on top, my five-year-old assistant hike leader, helped me lead the group back with a stopover at the animal pens. Hikers were: Serita Blankenbecler, Sharon Burnette and granddaughter Kayden, Beverly Griggs, Barry Griggs.
Marc Schurger Reporting
Scheduled for July 19
TEHCC will once again co-sponsor the Kingsport Fun Fest Moonlight Hike at Bays Mountain Park on Thursday, July 19th. This popular event attracts 300-400 participants each year. The hike traverses 2.5 miles around the lake. We need at least twelve volunteers to assist the Bays Mountain Park Association with this event. The responsibilities are minimal – show up 30 minutes early, stand at a trail junction with a flashlight or headlamp and help make sure nobody gets lost. Contact Marc Schurger if you’re interested.
More details around the actual hike will be available after a planning session with the park officials. Please stay tuned.
Leader: Barry Griggs (423-239-5676)
Rating: Easy 4-5 mile hike with ~400 ft elevation change
You’ve seen them from Kingsport – the antennas up on Bays Mountain. Now imagine the view of looking back down into the city. It’s leader’s choice of which trails to take based on the group. Possible routes could involve Bays Mountain Road, Azalea Trail, Lake Road, and/or the new Chestnut Trail. Meet at 1:30 PM in Bays Mountain Park ($4 entrance fee) near the front entrance to the Nature Center. We should be done by 4:30 PM, leaving time for further park enjoyment before the park closes at 8:00 PM. For more information, check the club’s trail wiki or call the hike leader.
Vic Hasler reporting
A new single track trail for beginning mountain bikers at Bays Mountain Park has been designed and constructed by Northeast Tennessee Mountain Bike Association. While no trail signage or blazes exist yet, the designated “Chestnut Trail” is an easy 1.1 mile path running straight through the hardwood forest along the 1900 foot contour from Bays Mountain Road at the gate by the maintenance shop over to the Azalea Trail. For a longer (~5 mile) loop hike/ride, take Chestnut Trail from the gate, then head up Azalea Trail to Big Oak Trail, down to Chinquapin Trail, and finally back on Lake Road. Details for the new Chestnut Trail can be found on the trail wiki.
Ian A. Powell Reporting
TEHCC needs your help. On Thursday July 21 the club is co-sponsoring a moon light hike at Bays Mountain Park. For those who haven’t attended or volunteered, it’s a fun 2.4 mile hike along Lakeside Trail. It kicks off at 8 o’clock and goes to about 10 PM. Previous community attendance has been in the 200’s. The club needs people to help with head count and to help guide attendees through trail intersections. Volunteers should meet on the end of the dam closest to the visitors center at 7:30 PM. All that volunteers need to bring are a flashlight and insect repellant. Please contact Tom Boyd at tomboyd [at] eastman [dot] com or call 229-1395 if you would like to volunteer/help with the event. Please contact Tom if you plan to help out so that we can ensure we have enough people to support the event. Hope to see you there.