It is one of the most beautiful parks in Tennessee and it has something for everyone, regardless of age. Among its many remarkable features is a Nature Center, Animal Enclosures, Herpetarium, Raptor Center, Farmstead Museum, and of course its state-of-the-art planetarium.

As early as 1673 when British explorers reported seeing an isolated mountain ridge characterized by unique topography, an enclosed natural watershed and glorious natural beauty, Kingsport’s Bays Mountain has been celebrated as one of the area’s most amazing resources.

In 1965, Kingsport’s mayor, Hugh Rule, appointed a committee to study ways to develop the mountain into a park, and in 1968 development and visitation to the park began. Work began on the park’s nature center and planetarium in 1970 and in 1971 the Nature Interpretive Center opened

Today, Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3,550-acre nature preserve, visited by tens of thousands of people each year. It is home to a variety of animals like free-roaming deer, bobcats, otters and wild turkeys, and also features an outdoor wolf habitat. Bays Mountain Park features a 44-acre lake, where visitors can take barge rides and learning centers where nature lovers can see falcons, owls, snakes and turtles just to name a few. There is also 40 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, which makes for some great cross country snow skiing in the winter, an adventure ropes course facility with a 300-foot zip line and much more.


853 Bays Mountain Park Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 229-9447


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