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Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

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853 Bays Mountain Park Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660-7664
+1 423-229-9447
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Fun for all ages

Bays Mountain Park is always a fun place to visit. The animal and wolf exhibits never grow old. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A TripAdvisor Member
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Nice place for kids

Hikes, animals to view, planetarium...what's not to like? Went there with a two year old and she... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Johnson City, Tennessee
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“nature center” (38 reviews)
“zip line” (38 reviews)
“hiking trails” (46 reviews)
853 Bays Mountain Park Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660-7664
+1 423-229-9447
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bays Mountain Park is always a fun place to visit. The animal and wolf exhibits never grow old. The hikes around the lake are beautiful in any season. This year we went to a star gazing event-highly recommend! Lots of fun to be had by...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hikes, animals to view, planetarium...what's not to like? Went there with a two year old and she loved the turtles. Easy to walk around paved areas, stroller friendly.

Thank joleenfh
Reviewed 8 December 2017

There are many hiking trails to explore. The planetarium is relaxing and educational. Kids and grownups seem to like the animal exhibits. I haven't tried the adventure course, but I look forward to it. This is a place you can visit over and over and...More

Thank becca970003
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

The planetarium show, $5 plus $5 park admission, was well worth it. The view and acoustics were great and staff stayed late to answer questions. Great wildlife exhibits in the Nature Center. Staff in the gift shop could have spent a little less time loudly...More

Thank PoeFan1836
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Have been on a handful of hikes here! Always a great time! A number of different trails to pick from.

Thank Olivia E
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Great location for all levels of hiking. Start at the Nature center for those less steady on their feet and proceed on some paved pathways. Disappointed that the wolves were not howling while we were there, but the people howling at the wolves was truly...More

Thank 5sahandful
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I enjoyed the Planetarium. I wish he would have talked down to us. I love science but it has been a long time since I have studied much. The seats were very comfortable.

Thank glo m
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We have maintained an annual membership at Bays Mountain park since moving to this area almost 6 years ago. Great place to hike, see the animal exhibits, planetarium, or ride the barge.

Thank contractor2016
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Originally a National Audubon Society park and currently the flagship of Tennessee's first birding trial, Kingsport Birding Trail (KBT) the park is recognized as a premier birding destination. Aged entry road, facilities, exhibits, animals, and reservoir dam demand upgrades and repair. Take binoculars and look...More

Thank SaddlePoor
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We went to the planetarium show and then a little walk to the snake house. Will go back to see the wolves, etc. It is much more extensive than we expected.

Thank Barbara C
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Michael M
28 January 2017|
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Response from Doug C | Reviewed this property |
Well, there is the lake and some beach areas. I've never seen anyone swimming in the lake though. At the foot of the mountain there is a very nice indoor/outdoor YMCA complete with several pools, a lazy river and a couple... More
11 December 2015|
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Response from Doug C | Reviewed this property |
Like the others say, it's $10. My teenage son and I did the zip line. The instructions take longer than the ride, really.
3 June 2015|
Response from Doug C | Reviewed this property |
$10. I don't know the weight limit. I'm 165 lbs and I rode the zip line.