Bays Mountain Trail Loop

MODERATE 64 reviews
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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


29 days ago

Very nice

1 month 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

5 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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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!

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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!

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