Fun Fest Event: Free Admission to Bays Mountain Park

During Fun Fest (July 10-18) admission to Bays Mountain Park is free! What a great time to head up there, especially if you have not been to the newly remodeled planetarium.

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Bays Mountain Postcard

Bays Mountain extends from the Long Island on the Holston River in Kingsport, Tennessee to Blount County, Tennessee, some 115 miles to the southwest. The Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport consists of a 3500 acre nature preserve, a 44 acre lake, a nature center, farmstead museum and a planetarium theater.

Former foreman of Kingsport Water Department, Parks Grills (on right) and an unidentified man at Bays Mountain Dam, undated.
Former foreman of Kingsport Water Department, Parks Grills (on right) and an unidentified man at Bays Mountain Dam, undated.

Bays Mountain Lake used to be the source of water supply in Kingsport, beginning in 1916, before the city was officially incorporated. Over the years as the city grew, the reservoir could not meet the demands of the growing population and the primary source of water became the Holston River. The city discontinued the use of Bays Mountain Lake as a water supply in 1944.

Dam at Bays Mountain Lake, 1946.
Dam at Bays Mountain Lake, 1946.

The park’s official groundbreaking ceremony was held during April 1970. During the next several months, the park’s Nature Interpretive Building was constructed and the facility was dedicated on 24 May 1971. Today, the park is open year round and provides a variety of activities and programs.

Ground Opening of the Observatory, 1971.
Ground Opening of the Observatory

The Archives of the City of Kingsport has an extensive collection of Bays Mountain materials available to researchers. Visit the archives to find out more. You can also visit the Bays Mounatin Park website to learn more about upcoming programs and events.

Brochure for Bays Mountian Park Planteium, 1976
Brochure for Bays Mountain Park Planetarium, 1976
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