Bays Mountain Park

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BMP Bays Mountain Park Sign.jpg
Park Name Bays Mountain Park
Type City Park
Nearest City Kingsport
State Tennessee
Park Use/Features Dnr bike.png Dnr dog.png Dnr fishing.png Dnr hiking.png
Area 3,550 acres
5.547 mi²
14.366 km²
Parking 36° 30' 32", -82° 36' 34"
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Park Overview[edit]

Expansive city park with 31 trails covering a total of 38.86 miles for hiking and mountain biking. Also unique additional amenities of an animal habitats, ropes course with zip line, planetarium, and more...

How to get there[edit]

From I-26/I-81 crossing

  1. Head north on I-26.
  2. Get off at exit 3 (Meadow View Parkway).
  3. Turn left on Meadowview Parkway for about ¼ mile.
  4. Bear left at fork on to Reservoir Road.
  5. Proceed about 2 miles.
  6. Reservoir Road bears right (blue Bays Mountain sign).
  7. Proceed about 2 miles.
  8. Turn right on Bays Mountain Road.
  9. Proceed to the left and into park to pay $4 entrance fee (effective 9/1/2011) or present pass.

GPS Address: 853 Bays Mountain Park Road

Hiking[edit]

Park Trails[edit]

The most popular park hiking trails are Lakeside (with side trip on Holly) and Firetower. Those going mountain biking enjoy the main park roads (not the Hollows) and the newly constructed Chinquapin and Bear Run trails.


Park TrailsTrail DistanceDifficultyTrail blaze
Azalea1.39 mi
2.237 km
MediumSigns
Back Hollow Road1.98 mi
3.186 km
HardSigns
Bays Mountain Road2.1 mi
3.38 km
MediumSigns
Bays Ridge Road1.44 mi
2.317 km
MediumSigns
Bays Ridge Trail2.41 mi
3.879 km
HardSigns
Bear Run Trail0.437 mi
0.703 km
MediumSigns
Big Oak Trail1.1 mi
1.77 km
MediumSigns
Cherry Knobs Trail1.55 mi
2.494 km
MediumSigns
Chestnut Trail1.7 mi
2.736 km
EasySigns
Chinquapin Trail1.58 mi
2.543 km
EasySigns
Cliffside Trail0.78 mi
1.255 km
MediumSigns
Cross Ridges Trail0.67 mi
1.078 km
MediumSigns
Dolan Branch Trail0.3 mi
0.483 km
EasySigns
Fern Trail0.166 mi
0.267 km
EasySigns
Fire Tower Trail0.7 mi
1.127 km
MediumSigns
Food Plot Road0.395 mi
0.636 km
EasySigns
Front Hollow Road1.72 mi
2.768 km
MediumSigns
Hemlock Trail0.121 mi
0.194 km
EasySigns
Holly Trail0.4 mi
0.644 km
EasySigns
Indian Pipes Trail1.94 mi
3.122 km
MediumSigns
Jones Road0.398 mi
0.64 km
MediumSigns
Kiner Hollow Trail1.43 mi
2.301 km
MediumSigns
Lake Road (Bays Mountain Park)4.4 mi
7.081 km
MediumSigns
Lakeside Trail2.35 mi
3.782 km
EasySigns
Laurel Run Trail1.89 mi
3.042 km
MediumWhite
Orchid Trail0.303 mi
0.488 km
EasySigns
Pine Trail0.101 mi
0.162 km
EasySigns
Pretty Ridge Trail1.75 mi
2.816 km
HardSigns
River Mountain Road3.23 mi
5.198 km
MediumSigns
Sweet Gum Trail0.0326 mi
0.0524 km
EasySigns
Towhee Trail0.101 mi
0.163 km
MediumSigns

Hike Plans[edit]

The following hike plans have been created within the park
Hike plansHike distanceHike descriptionTrails used
Bays 15 Miler14.8 mi
23.818 km
The route used by Skelton Law Racing in September every yearLake Road (Bays Mountain Park)
Azalea
River Mountain Road
Indian Pipes Trail
Kiner Hollow Trail
Pretty Ridge Trail
Back Hollow Road
Fern Trail
Lakeside Trail
Bays Structure Tour11 mi
17.703 km
A long hike to see all of the abandoned homes, cabins, and barns within the parkLake Road (Bays Mountain Park)
Front Hollow Road
Back Hollow Road
Pretty Ridge Trail
Kiner Hollow Trail
Laurel Run Trail
Cherry Knobs Trail
Lakeside Trail

Park Lodging[edit]

No lodging of any type is offered on the premises. Eastman employees and retirees may use the nearby company owned campground, others can choose stay at nearby hotels and other campgrounds.

Other Park Amenities[edit]

  • Picnic areas
  • Nature center
  • Planetarium
  • Zip line and ropes course
  • Lake barge rides
  • Animal exhibits
  • Homestead museum

Fees, Permits, etc.[edit]

There is a $4 gate fee (increased 9/1/2011) to enter the park. (Or free as benefit for park association members: $25 individual, $35 family per year)

The park grounds are open

During March-May/September-October
Mon-Fri: 8:30AM-5:00PM, Sat: 8:30AM-8:00PM, Sun: 12:00PM-8:00PM
During June-August
Same as above, plus until 8:00PM weekdays
During November-February
Closing at 5:00PM every day.

Dogs are allowed at Bays Mountain Park, but not around the animal habitats, thus please skirt using Lake Road.
Mountain bikes are allowed, upon inspection, on designated trails (thus carry a map to know where!).

Misc. Information[edit]

Bays Mountain Park website link
Bays Mountain Hiking and Biking Trail Map link

After the Hike[edit]

Maps[edit]

The most popular park hiking trails are Lakeside (with side trip on Holly) and Firetower. Those going mountain biking enjoy the main park roads (not the Hollows) and the newly constructed Chinquapin and Bear Run trails.

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