Bays Mountain Park Trail System

Rising above the City of Kingsport, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium features roughly 40 miles of trails ideal for hiking and mountain biking. From scenic,fun single-track trails to old service roads leading to the ridgetop fire tower, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium's trails provide a great escape to the natural world.

photo: Exploring Bays Mountain Park's Trails

Length: 39.63 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Greenway, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? $5.00
Parking Fee? No

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Location: In Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium located in Kingsport, TN
State(s): Tennessee
Counties: Sullivan, Hawkins
Longitude: -82.610914
Latitude: 36.508842

Driving Directions

FROM ROGERSVILLE, TN
On Route 11-W exit onto I-26S. Take the MeadowView Parkway exit, Exit 3. Turn right at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Reservoir Rd. Continue on Reservoir Rd. for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Rd. Stay to the left at the fork in road for the Park entrance.

FROM JOHNSON CITY, TN AND NORTH CAROLINA
Take I-26N and exit at Meadowview Parkway, Exit 3. Turn left at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp. This road turns into Reservoir Rd. Continue on Reservoir Rd. for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Rd. Stay to the left at the fork in road for the Park entrance.

FROM GATE CITY, BIG STONE GAP AND DUFFIELD, VA
On U.S. 23 exit onto I-26S “labeled Johnson City exit”. Take the Meadowview Parkway exit, Exit 3. Turn right at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Reservoir Rd. Continue on Reservoir Rd. for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Rd. Stay to the left at the fork in road for the Park entrance.

FROM BRISTOL AND ABINGDON,VA
On I-81 take Exit 57-B “Kingsport” onto I-26N. Exit at Meadowview Parkway, Exit 3. Turn left at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp. This road turns into Reservoir Rd. Continue on Reservoir Rd. for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Rd. Stay to the left at the fork in road for the Park entrance.

FROM KNOXVILLE, CHATTANOOGA AND NASHVILLE, TN
Take I-40E through Knoxville and exit left onto I-81N “Bristol”. On I-81 take exit 57-B “Kingsport” onto I-26N. Exit at Meadowview Parkway, Exit 3. Turn left at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp. This road turns into Reservoir Rd. Continue on Reservoir Rd. for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Rd. Stay to the left at the fork in road for the Park entrance.

Description

With just a few miles of trails existing prior to Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium opening in 1971, today’s trail system boasts of roughly 40 miles of trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking thanks to the support and labor of early and present Park naturalists and maintenance crews, trail maintenance volunteers and the support of the Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (SORBA). Today, each of these groups continue to work diligently to ensure a trail system for all to enjoy, consistent with best practices of maintaining trails in a nature preserve and stated designated natural area.

Located just 15 minutes from Downtown Kingsport, and with trails suitable for all levels of expertise - for hikers and mountain bikers alike, Bays Mountain Park has become a popular destination for those seeking a peaceful escape that only a scenic woodland can offer. Those seeking to maintain their healthy lifestyle also find the Park’s trails to be a refreshing alternative to the sidewalks and tracks joggers typically use. In fact, several trail races are held at the Park each year ranging from a very challenging 50K ultramarathon to the more standard 5K option. Of course, being a nature preserve, the trails remain a great resource for those seeking to enjoy being in one of the most biodiverse locations in the world; a distinction consistent with woodlands found in the Appalachian Mountains.

An easy drive from any of the surrounding Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia cities and communities, and open year-round, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium’s trails receives significant use, including serving as an asset in educational, interpretive programming for students and the general public.

Additional Details

Width: 42 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Gravel

Elevation Low Point: 1,400
Elevation High Point: 2,405
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2018

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: Trail Map
Website: Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Rob Cole
Park Manager
City of Kingsport
853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.
Kingsport , TN 37660
423-224-2436
robcole@kingsporttn.gov

 

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32 Miles of trails for mountain biking

32 Miles of trails for mountain biking

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