Summer Day Camp 2021 and Camp Counselor Positions

Summer Day Camp is back at Bays for 2021, and registration is officially open! This summer, your child can spend a week learning and exploring in nature for an experience they'll remember for years to come. To learn more or register for day…

Summer Naturalist Internship

Want to spend your summer at Bays Mountain Park? We're looking for a naturalist intern! Review the information below, and submit your application by April 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. for consideration. Qualifications: Applicant must be a current…
Adult male wood frog

Near to Nature: Frozen Frogs of Bays Mountain

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This article, published in the Spring 2021 edition of "The Interpreter," was contributed by ETSU Roan Scholar Cade Campbell. As the first warm, spring rains settle into Tennessee, they bring with them a new chapter of life for our forest…

Celebrating 50 Years of Adventure at Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is celebrating 50 years of family fun and adventure in 2021, and you’re invited to a party that will last all year long. On May 24, 1971, Bays Mountain Park opened the doors to the Nature Center, and…

Bays Mountain 50th Anniversary Committee Members

Aiesha Banks Vanessa Bennett Kent and Jeanette Blazier Tom and Pam Bowman Russ and Joyce Brogden Miles and Denise Burdine Cade Campbell David and Kelli Cate John and Etta Clark Denny "Trey" Darnell and Matt Smith Van…

Former Kingsport Mayors Come Together To Celebrate Bays Mountain

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium has been a crown jewel of our region for decades. Millions of visitors create lasting memories, from great conversations on hikes with loved ones, to a child’s awe at the sound of the wolves echoing throughout…

Mushroom Hikes

Upon first glance, mushrooms appear delicate and fragile. As one looks closer into mushrooms one will find that they are strong and defend themselves well in the wild. These organisms are found sprouting along the forest floor spring through…

Wildflower Hikes

Step into spring with this naturalist-guided hike! You'll have the chance to view and learn about the wildflowers native to our region. This year's Wildflower Hikes will be held in three locations: Bays Mountain Park, Laurel Run Park, and…

Trail Etiquette for Winter & Wet Season Riding

The following is an article submitted a couple of years ago by our friends at SORBA.  Although posted in the past, this article always serves as an excellent reminder for helping to care for our trails while getting the most out of your riding…

Citizen Science

We are excited to announce a new virtual citizen-science project at Bays Mountain Park! Using the iNaturalist app, we have begun an undertaking to locate and identify flowering plants found at the park. This will give opportunities for everyone…