Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Kingsport with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I live along this trail (that's our vineyard), so it gets a 5 for convenience. You can make it easy by staying on lower half of loops, or go high for climbs. Markings could be better. Its a fairly recent acquisition, so new growth still in some areas. Just past the boardwalk is golf course and riding stables. We often extend hike through there to Devil's Backbone trail and Fall Creek Loop trail. For that trip, plan for 3-4 hours. Done alone, this trails takes an hour for all 3 loops at 3 mph.

Great hike, just chose the wrong company, lol. This is a beautiful and well kept park!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the park. Beautiful views that make you feel like you are in Colorado at times. If you are thinking of doing it DO IT!!

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike in Autumn and was not very impressed. The views were not very good and at the time no water was found anywhere. Much better trails in the area. But if you are looking for something different then it’s a decent hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Not my favorite hike at Bays Mountain but if you have never been to the fire tower then it’s worth the trip. Mostly easy hike until the climb to the tower and that section is pretty strenuous. Great views from the top in winter time but mostly blocked by trees in summer. Unless you are brave enough to climb up into tower.

hiking
2 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.

A beautiful,easy hike in late February. Weather was great, plenty of wildlife roaming around. Good scenery which we enjoyed. I’d recommend if your looking for a fun, easy hike.

Very nice

Peaceful hike, then the wolves began howling and made it even better!

Beautiful trail around reservoir lake, tons of wildlife, Bays Mountain is a gem!

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

Nice hike beginning through animal habitat exhibits, going around a lake, and up to the top from there. Pay attention because you do need to change trails and there is more than one way to the summit. Nice view from the fire tower. Be careful, some boards/steps may be damaged or missing.

Great hike, be prepared for it to take 3-5 hours to make it to the top and back down. There are a couple benches at the top to take in the view and to refresh yourself. However, when I went before winter the steps were not in the best shape on the fire tower. So take caution with that. Would advise a walking stick for the inclines.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Off Lakeside Trail in Bays Mtn. 3 benches at the top for snacks before climbing the tower. Built in 1937, it’s old but sturdy. Walking sticks help with the incline.

on Fire Tower Trail Loop

hiking
6 months ago

Great all day hike. Beautiful view from the firetower!

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.

hiking
9 months ago

very nice trail. great views and the fire tower is really fun to go up. it is a little sketchy going up and down the tower but worth it for the view. A must visit if you are in the area and love to hike or ride bikes.

It's a nice trail. The decline isn't noticed on the first portion so the incline creeps up on you on the way back. There could be better markings on the trail, there are so many forks that you could get lost very easily, even with a map. The history told about in the signs is interesting.

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

on Bays Mountain Trail Loop

10 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!

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

if your doing this trail it's rocky in some spots but you can also get to to fire tower by using the access roads along back of property. it's easier to come down that way.

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

really nice park, good trail/path conditions, moderate difficulty, great views from the top of the fire tower, if you don't mind heights. be careful climbing stairs, they have some sketchy ones.

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.

walking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

$5 to get in. Multiple trails that branch off eachother. Map is needed if unfamiliar with it. Some kids towards the beginning

Monday, February 27, 2017

Trail was well kept in most places. couple of steady uphill climbs. Nice canopy of trees for shade. Views from the top were great. Didn't climb the tower because of a couple missing steps.

hiking
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.

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