One of the nation’s largest city parks, Kingsport’s Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3,550-acre nature preserve offering an assortment of activities for all seasons featuring 39 miles of trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking, a 44-acre lake with barge rides providing the perfect prescription for a quiet escape to nature, native animal habitats, a 300’ zip line and more.
Open year-round and framed on all sides by mountain ridges, the park is a protected haven where native animal life is abundant. Inside the Nature Center is a state-of-the-art planetarium utilizing technology that will make astronomy enthusiasts feel as if they are a part of the show. Exhibits showcasing natural history, early pioneering, a freshwater aquarium and space sciences can also be found in the Nature Center. Native animals including gray wolves, bobcats, deer, birds of prey and otters, are housed within a short, scenic stroll.
Thrill seeking outdoor enthusiasts can challenge their sense of adventure as the park’s Adventure Ropes Course facility features team building elements and a 300’ zip line through the canopy of the park’s woodland.
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