Fire Tower Trail
Located in Bays Mountain Park. Second most popular trail (after Lakeside Trail) up to the Garden Mountain/Kingsport firetower for view across Holston Defense, west end of Kingsport, and into Virginia.
How to get there
Alternatively, the upper trailhead at the firetower is reached on River Mountain Road from either the antennas or Fegins Gap.
The trail heads up Holston River Mountain side of the park to reach the firetower. Although no blazes, the path is well worn, thus apparent.
|Miles Up||Fire Tower Trail||Miles Down||Elevation (ft)|
|0.0||Trailhead at Lake Road||0.7||1894|
|0.1||Junction with Chinquapin Trail||0.6|
|0.7||Trailhead at River Mountain Road at firetower||0.0||2382|
For those starting from the parking lot, it is roughly 2 miles taking 60 minutes to reach firetower. Return trip down is faster.
Well worn dirt trail with few blowdowns. Please do not cut through the switchbacks.
The 60' firetower was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1937.