Lakeside Trail

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Lakeside Trail

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Lakeside Trail - Bays Mountain Dam.jpg
Park Bays Mountain Park
Land Owner City of Kingsport
Located Kingsport, Tennessee
Trail Marking Signs
Trail UseThings allowed to do on or near the trail


FeaturesThings to see on or near the trail


Difficulty Rating Medium
Hiking TimeTime from car and back. Includes any time hiking to access this trail. 1.5 hr90 Min <br />0.0938 Days <br /> round trip
Distance: 2.316 mi3.727 km <br /> trailStrict non-repeating trail length / 2.316 mi3.727 km <br /> round tripTypical or shortest length from the car, hike the trail, and return to car
Trail Type Loop
Low / High Point 1,826 ft608.667 Yards <br />556.565 Meters <br />1,922 ft640.667 Yards <br />585.826 Meters <br />
Elev. Gain/LossSee link for details of calculation. Gain/Loss is direction dependent. 143 ft43.586 Meters <br /> / (145 ft44.196 Meters <br />) – Counter Clockwise
Parking 36° 30' 31.75" N, 82° 36' 34.38" W Map
Trailhead 36° 30' 32.00" N, 82° 36' 41.04" W Map
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Trail Overview[edit]

Located at Bays Mountain Park. Very popular hiking loop trail around the reservoir. It connects with many other park trails, thus a common starting point. Officially takes 90 minutes on maintained path with moderate climbs and drops. A few benches are scattered along the trail. Points of interest include floating bridge, beaver activity (dams, lodges, and down/gnawed trees), lillypad pond, and the wolves and other animal habitats. Note red dirt from maroon shale in places.

How to get there[edit]

From parking lot, either cross the dam to hike in a clockwise direction or start at back of animal habitat by the aviary area.

Route Description[edit]

This trail has connections to Bays Ridge Road, Lake Road, Cherry Knobs, Sweet Gum Trail, Food Plot Road, Hemlock Trail, Holly Trail, Towhee Trail, Fern Trail, and Dolan Branch Trail.

Miles Lakeside Trail Miles
0.0 Dam, end nearest Nature Center 2.4
0.1 Dam, far end 2.3
0.2 Pine Trail junction 2.2
0.4 Floating Bridge 2.0
0.5 Cherry Knobs junction 1.9
1.1 Beaver Pond Bridge/ Sweet Gum Trail junction 1.3
1.6 Hemlock Tr./ (Fire Tower Trail) junction 0.8
1.7 Holly Trail/ Towhee Trail junction 0.7
1.8 Holly Trail junction 0.6
2.1 Fern Trail junction 0.3
2.3 Water Fowl Aviary/ Laurel Trail junction 0.1
2.4 Nature Center 0.0

Typical Conditions[edit]

The park does an excellent job keeping this most popular trail open. The path is heavily used, but sometime covered with mulch.


Dogs are not allowed around the animal habitats, thus may have to skirt using Lake Road.

After the Hike[edit]

The animal habitats are a hit with kids of all ages.

Misc. Information[edit]

To get to the park a $5 gate fee is required. Yearly memberships can also be purchased.