Fire Tower Trail

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BMP Firetower Trail tower.jpg
Trail Name Fire Tower Trail
Park Bays Mountain Park
Nearest City Kingsport
State Tennessee
Trail Marking Signs
Trail Use/Features Dnr hiking.png Dnr dog.png
Difficulty Rating Medium
Hiking Time 30 Min
0.5 Hours
round-trip/trail only
4.2 Mi
6.759 km
/ 0.7 Mi
1.127 km
Trail Type Segment
Climb/Descent Elevation /
High Point
Parking 36° 30' 32", -82° 36' 34"
Nearest Medical Kingsport, TN
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Trail Overview[edit]

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[edit]

Take Lakeside Trail clockwise around the reservoir to the Hemlock Trail or Lake Road counterclockwise. The lower trailhead in on Lake Road.

Alternatively, the upper trailhead at the firetower is reached on River Mountain Road from either the antennas or Fegins Gap.

Route Description[edit]

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.

This trail has connections to River Mountain Road, Chinquapin Trail, and Lake Road

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.

Typical Conditions[edit]

Well worn dirt trail with few blowdowns. Please do not cut through the switchbacks.



Misc. Information[edit]

The 60' firetower was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1937.


The Fire Tower Trail is shown in red. For reference, River Mountain Road is shown in magenta, Lake Road in orange, and Lakeside Trail in yellow.

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