Bays Mountain Trail Loop

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Bays Mountain Trail Loop is a 5.8 mile heavily 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 April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.8 miles
656 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


8 days ago

I've done this one several times and it never gets old. The trail does get steep but the views from the top are wonderful and theres a chance at spotting a bald eagle pair that nest in the valley below. There's always a variety of butterflies dancing atop the ridge in warm months. The stairs to and tower itself is nerve-wracking for many but it's held up well over time. Great day hike.

5 months ago

Beautiful trail that makes you feel like you are in Colorado instead of Tennessee at times. Moderate to Easy trail with nice bridge crossings and pine forest areas.

6 months ago

Very nice

6 months ago

Beautiful trail around the lake reservoir on top of Bays Mtn. Bound to see wildlife, especially in the summer complete with otters, beavers, and lily pads. Stop by the animal habit exhibits, herpetarium, planetarium, and nature center. Great for kids! Largest municipal park in Tennessee

11 months ago

We love Bays Mountain. There aren't any hikes that will challenge hardcore hikers, but if you are like me and just enjoy beautiful walks in the peaceful woods, then you will love it too. The firetower trail is probably the hardest calf burner in the park, it's a pretty good climb, I think the uphill section is about 500 ft or so of elevation change in a little over a half mile not counting the 68 feet to the top of the tower. The 360° views of the ridge and valley section of the Appalachians are simply breathtaking from here. It is absolutely amazing. We have only been twice, and I can't wait to check it out in the fall.

Monday, July 03, 2017

The planetarium is state of the art and the wolf howl is always an awesome thing to witness.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

beautiful kid friendly trail. would be perfect if around the lake was cleared up from fallen debris and lily pads. several benches for breaks. did spot a water moccasin trying to get up onto one of the bridges so beware!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I go to bays mountain frequently. it's so peaceful and beautiful.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

love bays mountain. beautiful scenery. love to hike and walk all around .love the animal habitats.

Friday, June 16, 2017

pleasant surprise after getting past the crowded parking lot. found some peace and quiet on River Mountain Road trail.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

have done this trail in every season, hiked with 6 inches of snow. Fall, spring, summer. all are good times To go. at 12 o'clock the wolves are coaxed into howling in their habitat. A nice place to visit.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Beautiful trail. well maintained. Even saw beavers and some deer that followed us on the trail. Fall is the most beautiful time here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Just a great place

Monday, November 14, 2016

love this hike!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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

Monday, August 01, 2016

Beautiful Hike!

Saturday, June 04, 2016

nice trail, nice view of Kingsport

Thursday, March 03, 2016

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Beautiful hike. Was a great date location.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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

Monday, February 22, 2016

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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

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
Sunday, August 25, 2013

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.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


mountain biking
Sunday, August 12, 2012

It was great but my brake broke and I flipped ):

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