Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37660- Map It
Phone: (423) 229-9447

AAA Editor Notes

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is 2 mi. w. of I-26 exit 3 on Meadowview Pkwy./Reservoir Rd., then 1.4 mi. n. to 853 Bays Mountain Park Rd., following signs. Programs about the area's ecology are presented at the 3,500-acre nature preserve. The visitor center houses a planetarium and nature and astronomy exhibits. The park also offers 40 miles of hiking trails (25 miles are approved for mountain biking), where fauna and more than 60 different types of wildflowers can be seen, as well as barge trips, native animal habitats and a variety of other live animal displays. Pets on leash and fishing are permitted in some areas.
Park $5 (per private vehicle). Planetarium $5; free (ages 0-5). Barge ride $5. Nature program $3. Ropes and zipline course $10. Prices are subject to change; phone ahead for updates.
Hours: Grounds Mon.-Sat. 8:30-8, Sun. 11-8, Mar.-Oct.; Mon.-Sat. 8:30-5, Sun. 11-5, rest of year. Nature center open Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5 (also 5-6, June-Aug.), Sat.-Sun. 11-5 (also 5-6, Mar.-Oct.). Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.