Observe water lilies, deer, raccoons, ducks, geese, turtles, great herons, beaver lodges, and sometimes beavers and black bears. Your naturalist will discuss park history as well as the signs and sounds encountered on your trip, creating a unique experience. The Barge Ride lasts approximately 45 minutes and may be canceled due to weather. The barge is ADA-accessible.
The Wonder of Wolves
Experience the chilling sounds of the wolf call as our naturalists talk to our pack and share interesting facts about socialization and behaviors.
Unveiling the Invisible Universe
Astronomers look at the night sky with more than just their eyes. They use a multitude of methods to see visible, x-ray, gravitational waves and more. Learn about the many ways we learn about the Cosmos! The program is followed by a brief tour of the current night sky.
HIKING & BIKING
Explore the Park
Bays Mountain Park features roughly 44 miles of beautiful hiking trails that cover most of the 3,750 acres of the park, with over 32 miles of trails approved for mountain biking.
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Bays Mountain Park has daily events and programs including nature programs, planetarium programs and special events. Check out our calendars to find your adventure!
Bays Mountain Park staff and volunteers offer programs for school groups from kindergarten through high school level. These programs are offered Tuesday through Friday, September through May.
High Ropes, Low Ropes & Zip Line. The Flying Squirrel is a 310 foot thrill ride zip line that races you through our wondrous and beautiful tree line. Start your adventure!
Need help navigating through the Park? Download the park map and the Nature Center Grounds map. You will also receive a copy of both of these maps at the park gatehouse.
Bays Mountain Park has 32 miles of trails approved for mountain biking. Download the park map and enjoy the ride!
Bays Mountain Park hosting Winter Solstice Yoga & Meditation Class
Bays Mountain Park is partnering with a local yoga instructor to offer residents a special winter solstice yoga and meditation…
Bays Mountain Park hosting Holiday Partner Yoga Class
Bays Mountain Park is partnering with a local yoga instructor to offer residents a special Holiday Partner Yoga class at…
Bays Mountain Park to unveil new Fox Habitat
The City of Kingsport and Bays Mountain Park plan to unveil the new red fox habitat on November 21 at 10:30 a.m. The public…
Special Planetarium Program – “Night Skies of Aboriginal Australia”
Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium has scheduled a special, one-night-only program next month featuring Paul Curnow – an…
The night sky comes alive during StarWatch sessions
StarWatch - Bays Mountain Park’s night sky observing sessions – have returned for the fall season.
StarWatch is an…