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Bays Mountain Fire Tower Loop is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kingsport, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 797 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Shane Rixom
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ok nice easy

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jay barge
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Melody Garcia
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Don Suggitt
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very easy trail for a beginner....now the trail going to the tower was easy except the last half of it got a little steep and a little moderate trail other wise a real easy trail

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Sam Wagner
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Fairly easy hike except for ascending the trail up to the tower but the view is completely worth it. Lots of other trails to loop into if you want to make more of a day of it. I will say if you’re trying to do the whole loop and go up to the tower it’s helpful to have the AllTrails app on because there are lots of intersections.

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Andrew Johnson
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Great trail with spectacular views!

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Randy Dolan
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This LOOP trail uses Lakeside trail and Chinquapin trail up to fire tower back down to Chinquapin trail left to Big Oak trail right .06 to Lake Road left back to Nature Center. It’s helps to get a paper map from the Park Several trails intersect.

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Wyatt Thompson
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Stephen Collins
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Incorporated into a longer hike. Well maintained and good exercise. Can be easily turned into a much longer hike by taking the Indian Pipes trail towards Laurel Run Park. A gem in Kingsport!

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Debra Akins
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There’s a few routes you can take to get up to the Fire Tower, some shorter than others. Difficult trip if it’s recently rained. It eventually becomes very steep, but the view at the top is worth the trip up.

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Wesley Powell
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Awesome hike close to kingsport. The hike is pretty much entirely in the shade so even on a hot day it's not too bad. The views from the tower are awesome which you can climb and the steps seemed fairly sturdy. There isn't a lot of room at the top just an FYI with social distancing and all that. The trail is marked very well.

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Ashley McCoubrey
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We got off trail a bit to start but made it up to the fire tower. Very cool with 360 view. Beautiful day for a hike...I would say it’s an easier trail, not moderate. The only real elevation gain is the 1/2 mile up to the fire tower. Narrow trail and fairly busy.

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David Blevins
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Straight up mountain but the views are well worth it when u reach the top

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Loretta Wilson
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Its straight up the mountain but so worth it when you reach the top

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Brittany Dickerson
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It’s a lot of up hill on the way up. Pretty views at the top!

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Kaitlin Seay
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Great views from the top of the tower on a clear day! The tower, like many other reviews, is quite old and some boards have quite a bit of space between them so be cautious in your step.

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Alex Proctor
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Great trail and views up at the top. The foliage is beautiful this time of year.

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Andy Kraus
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Challenging parts but worth it at the top of the tower.

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Bruce Strong
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great hike and view u can see part of Houston defence from the top have time to enjoy and spend some time alone on the right day

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Haven McGee-Harless
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Pros: A truly beautiful and breathtaking sight from a top the fire tower. The trail is marked very well and there are several ways to get to the fire tower trail that you can use depending on what you want to see. Cons: The last ~.6mi to the fire tower was rough and very steep. A few parts of the trail were eroded or covered in water in one place. I would go on a weekday instead of the weekend as the trail was decently busy on a Saturday. The tower itself is very very rickety with boards you have to skip and tread on very lightly. The first flight of stairs sways when you’re climbing up and if you can make it past that the view is beautiful

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Jon E
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Nice hike that builds in climb towards the end. Park opening is the best time to avoid crowds clambering up and down the tower.

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Melissa Dawn
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Loved seeing the fire tower. The hike was a bit long but not steep until the end. The fire tower was old and not well maintained but I still climbed it. Too much fog the day I went to have a good view but I’d love to go back on a clear day.

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Sarah M
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The fire tower is a good payoff to a grueling trail. It's definitely old, and not for anyone with a fear of heights, but really exhilarating to climb. The trails in this park have very compacted soil so they're very hard under your feet- almost like pavement. Wear supportive shoes. We almost turned back several times when going up the last mile because it was so steep.

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B D
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Hike is decently long, but not difficult until the end when actually reaching the fire tower. I gave 3 stars because the fire tower is in sketchy condition. It was a disappointment to get to the top then to be scared at actually going up it to see the views. There is a longer loop I accidentally took and ended up being exhausted. Trail is not marked the best so be careful with that as well.

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A V
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Really beautiful. The trails were sparsely marked. Given the leaves that had fallen, it was hard to discern where the trails led because trees were not marked.

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Matt Haga
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nice trail

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Melanie Smith
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We just hiked this trail on Tuesday. We went through the animal exhibits and took the Lakeside trail until we reached the Fire Tower Trail. The fire tower loop is pretty strenuous. I carried my 1 year old on my back and my mom and 8 year old hiked with me. It took us a hour to get up there, but we finally made it. The view is covered by trees, so if you can climb the tower, DO IT. It is beautiful. Most of the steps are in good shape. There might have been 2 that had some wood missing. I would recommend this trail, but be prepared for the uphill hike and take plenty to drink!

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Dewayne Condra
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We did this trail last July, it is a beautiful loop with several route options. The last half mile is a real calf burner, but the view from the tower is one of the most beautiful anywhere. You can see the line of the Blue Ridge as it marches from Virginia all the way to the Smokies looking south. On the day we hiked, we were blessed with unusually clear air for July and you coukd ckearly pick out distant Mt Leconte with its distinctive outline, looking north you see the long nobby ridges of Stone Mountain over on the Kentucky/Virginia border. This is one of those "huge payoff at the end" hikes. The hike around the lake is pretty with some good views, but nothing spectacular.

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Ashley Darnell
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"Pain is just weakness leaving the body"....tell yourself that as you hike this one and you'll be okay. haha it is a hard hike, but the view and accomplishment of getting to the top is well worth it. Pack plenty of water, you will need it!

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