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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.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 656 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Poff Family
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A family favorite!

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Wyatt Galovin
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It was confusing left right down up of track. :\ My feet were VERY,VERY sore! But the dam is cool. Bug were flying into my face it was annoying. It was very dark. With fun it would be a 3. The bad: 3. It was like a 2 hour walk or bike. The dogs made a little worse.

Tara R.
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Hiking

Trail is very well-maintained, however it is clearly catered mostly to Mountain Bikers. We found ourselves frequently dodging mountain bikers on this trail. Otherwise the trail was relatively flat and easy to hike. Would recommend with small children or animals. Not strenuous. Definitely classify this as easy and not moderate. We also stopped to look at the animals before hiking and found it quite sad. Aquatic/reptile section was nearly non-existent and the tanks still running were filthy. Birds had very small enclosures with no room to fly. Did not see any otters (the otter pond was filthy as well, perhaps that exhibit has been closed for a while). All around very depressing.

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Alex Proctor
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Hiking

This is an enjoyable day hike along well-maintained trails. The views of the Kingsport Reservoir are nice when you start the hike clock-wise, and then you gradually turn away from the reservoir and hike into the hills for the remainder of the trail. This trail gets you away from the crowds at Bays Mountain and has a feeling of solitude. When I hiked, it seemed like this particular route was frequented by only MTBers, so be aware of any bikes that might approach on the trail. Overall, great trail!

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Raymond Friend
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Running

Nice easy trail at parts, and hilly on the North side. Went to the fire tower and it was able to be scaled easily. Definitely has the best view! Really pretty and friendly place

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Andy Kraus
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Hike to fire tower gets your heart pumping but great place to go!

Melinda Stroud
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Nature trips

My family loves this place. Plenty to do and see just enjoying the beauty of nature. Plenty of hiking and walking trails. Adventure course and animals to watch!

Matt Haga
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awesome pretty scenery

James King
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First time there mtn biking, super friendly hikers and bikers. Not a technical ride but super enjoyable. My next time I will push harder and enjoy some of the things I missed due to first time ride. You can fly thru some sections and there are some banked turns. Not alot of rocks or roots that I would brake for. Greatly maintained and marked. Do it. Start on Chestnut and plenty of options from there.

Josh Harwood
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Running

Sort of boring but very scenic and crowded. Take the good with the bad, I guess!

Jaclyn Brady
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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.

Josh T
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Hiking

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.

Randy Sizemore
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Very nice

Cameron Mitchell
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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

Dewayne Condra
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Hiking

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.

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

MandyJeramy G.
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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!

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

Jackie Moore
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Hiking

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

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

Bruce Strong
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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.

Sheree Nance
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Hiking

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

Chad S
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Just a great place

Georgann Owens
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love this hike!

Josh Harwood
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Hiking

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

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

erica jones
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Hiking

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

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