During Fun Fest (July 10-18) admission to Bays Mountain Park is free! What a great time to head up there and enjoy the beautiful park. Entry and parking are free for all during the festival. Normal fees apply for all park programs such as planetarium shows, barge rides, zipline rides, and nature programs.
Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 8 p.m.
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.
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.
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 May 24, 1971. Today, the park is open year round and provides a variety of activities and programs.