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Bays Mountain Park

853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN 37660
423-229-9447
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Kingsport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Educational Sites, Parks
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The park have a few tracks, some are short for easy hiking. Also it have a small zoo, that make it excellant for families with kids. The only negative thing, it does not have enough parking spaces, specially during holidays.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
10 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

We had a few hours to spend in Kingsport and stopped by this park to wile away the time. The park is a bit up a mountain, as the name tells you, and is mostly wooded and attractive. The state has created a number of habitats for rescued animals. Spacious outdoor areas contain deer, wolves, several sorts of birds. They... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We love going. Its a great day trip for any age. We enjoy the different shows at the planetarium each visit. My daughter enjoys how they are always willing to teach her something new about the different animals.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I always enjoy visiting Bay's Mountain Park. There are several animal exhibits, including a large wolf exhibit. There are also very interesting bird exhibits and a river otter habitat. The planetarium offers a wonderful view of stars and planets that may otherwise be overlooked. There is an observatory, though I have never visited the park late at night when it's... More

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

looking for a great place for one or the whole family. this is it. barge rides, shows and adventure course. great but the wildlife makes it the best

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We got a family membership for $35 and we were able to do the barge ride, planetarium show, and a summer safety class for free with the card (up to 6 tickets free per show with membership). We also got zip line tickets for half off ($5 instead of $10) with that card. We planned to spend a few hours... More

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Knoxville
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

After driving several hours I was feeling a little let down with what the park offered. The trail map I was given at the gate was a bit overwhelming. I couldn't seem to find a clear trail marker once I set out for a hike. By the way, DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG. They are not welcomed everywhere in the... More

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Abingdon, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I reviewed Bays a few years back, but I must say we visited this past week and had a wonderful time in the park. The hiking trails are very good and the park has made a lot of improvements in recent years including the addition of a ropes/zip line course. The animals seems much more well cared for, the planetarium... More

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Kingsport, Tennessee USA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've hiked, biked and ran trails on this mountain for 20 years now. The hiking trails are great, whether you want a short one around the lake or longer many hours long hikes. The planetarium is always fun, as well as seeing the wolves, snakes, birds, deer, river otters etc. There really is something to do here for the entire... More

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Seeking some time in the great outdoors, my wife and I chose a sunny day to hike around one side of the lake and up to the old Fire Tower. The round trip is a little over 3 miles and there are some steep parts but the trail is well maintained and marked. Beautiful 360 degree views from the top... More

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