Bays Mountain Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Bays Mountain Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kingsport, TN that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles 796 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

11 days ago

Just a great place

25 days ago

love this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Very Nice Hike...First for my Dog Layla!!!

1 month ago

Had a great time, pick up a map before hitting the trails.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful place loved the hike around the lake. You can get some pretty awesome pictures here great place for photo props and etc.

4 months ago

Beautiful Hike!

5 months ago

6 months ago

nice trail, nice view of Kingsport

7 months ago

9 months ago

Loved it! Just did the lakeside trail this visit but will be back! Almost 40 miles of trail in this area!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Was a great date location.

hiking
9 months ago

Have walked this trail many times. It's one of my local favorites!

hiking
9 months ago

Great friendly trail, it's pretty much flat so if you're looking for something demanding I would not suggest. If you're just looking for a stroll on a dirt path, then it's perfect.

hiking
1 year ago

Haven't hiked it all but have hiked some. Been here multiple times. Good place for kids and family

hiking
1 year ago

I really love day hiking at Bays Mountain. There are lots of trails to explore with a good range of difficulty. Many trails intersect offering the opportunity to hike several different loops. First hike here was Azalea trail to the antennas and back via Bays Mtn Road for a total of 4 miles. There was a beautiful spring the trail followed that I dubbed Aquamarine Spring. Great views and rocky crags just off of Bays Mtn Road on the way back as well as a fire tower. Recently, we hiked the other side of Bays, crossing the dam and heading out on Lake Road to Front Hollow Road. We hit Cross Ridges trail to Cherry Knobs trail but ended up turning back due to time constrictions. Ended up being about 4 miles again. Fascinating area with evidence of early settlement along with signs of beaver activity and beautiful wildflowers.

2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

There are several trails at Bay's Mountain. It costs you $4 per car at the gate or you can pay $35 a year for a family and it includes perks like barge rides, planetarium shows and other things. You can get a free trail map at the ticket gate and will be able to see the 30+ miles of trails within the park. I took the Lake Road trail which was about 4.6 miles in a loop from the parking lot. There was a very steep.350 foot incline about 2 miles into the hike but other than that this was an easy walk on a gravel road.

mountain biking
3 years ago

Very nice bike and hiking trail. Since I had only an afternoon to explore, I hit the trail. Started out at Dolan Falls, and continued up the Chestnut and Azalea trails to the top. From there, I biked along the Bays Mtn Rd down back to the smaller tower and the observatory. Nice bike ride; hope to come back again. Other great activities here include trail running, geocaching, hiking, and just enjoying the zoo and planetarium. Fun park for sure.

3 years ago

Lots of trails, but some are abandoned and not maintained. Stay away from 2nd part of Cherry Knobbs and Cross Ridge Trail, as they are overgrown and not at all passable. Nice view from the firetower, and lots of biking and hiking trails. I usually go out the Lakeside trail to Cherry knobbs, up the road to Bear Run/indian Pipes to the firetower, back down to Chinquapin and then around the lake for about a 7 mile workout. Lots of ripe raspberries this time of year along the gravel roads in the park, and there have been bear sightings, but rare. $4 gate fee/vehicle.