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Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

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Address: 853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone Number: 423-229-9447
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I go to bays mountain regularly in the summer. It's affordable and can spend as much time as you like. There is,a boat ride that takes you around see some wildlife and hear about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Darlene O
Kingsport, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took the kiddos at new years and had horrible experience with the older dark haired woman who takes care of the wolves. She was very rude and hateful to our kids and other families kids. My kids asked to leave before we even saw everything. If you go, don't bring kids!

Thank TL31468
Kingsport, Tennessee
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150 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the mountains are very pretty and the animals are well kept and the historical house is awesome i love the owl and the wolves

Thank bkg491962
Kingsport, Tennessee
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I go to bays mountain regularly in the summer. It's affordable and can spend as much time as you like. There is,a boat ride that takes you around see some wildlife and hear about the water supply back in the day. They've added a zip line and many more. There's a gift shop and can walk around inside. The wolves... More 

Thank Darlene O
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our family has an annual pass and enjoy coming here often. With so many activities to do and trails to enjoy, it just never gets tiresome. Very fortunate to have this so close to home!

Thank family52travel
Kingsport, Tennessee
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I grew up going to Bays Mountain as a child and loved the Nature Center (especially the planetarium) as well as the outdoor trails. Now I buy a yearly membership and go there often to hike and enjoy being near the lake. Highly recommend!

Thank Wanderprone
Kingsport, Tennessee
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really love going here with my family. The place is just beautiful, the people that work there are super friendly and very knowledgeable about animals and the environment. Its always wonderful seeing how the tour guides interact with children and encourage all people to learn more about the world and all the critters. My kids and I really loved... More 

Thank Lionpaw13
Church Hill, Tennessee
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been there with grand kids and also with friends. Have wolves and birds. Planetarium is interesting for kids.

Thank Milliefaith1
Surgoinsville, Tennessee
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We visit yearly because it is a wonderful place to bring everyone. You can spend a few hours or all day. There are animals of all kinds along with a barge ride up the lake, hiking trails, and don't forget to see the planetarium, a must. The big and little kids will love it.

Thank up-for-it-001
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We decided to make our New Years Resolution a little early and to vow to hike every trail at Bays Mountain. So far this month we've hiked over 26 miles and still have trails we haven't set foot on. This fall's weather has been especially mild, so we've had lots of beautiful days to explore. I pinch myself every day... More 

Thank roselady53
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I had fun exploring this park and are looking forward to taking longer hikes here. We saw a show at the planetarium and were delighted to learn so much about our sky.

Thank Jade W

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