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Bays Mountain Trail Loop

MODERATE 75 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


bird watching




wild flowers


2 months ago

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

nature trips
2 months ago

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!

4 months ago

awesome pretty scenery

6 months ago

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.

trail running
6 months ago

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

7 months 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.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

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.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Very nice

Monday, January 15, 2018

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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

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.

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