Saturday, February 3, 2007

Bays Mountain

Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, TN is an amazing place. The size and scope of the park would make you think it was a national or state park, but it's actually the largest city-owned park in the State of Tennessee. It's 3,500 acres contain a nature habitat, a planetarium, 25 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, and a large lake for fishing and 'barge' rides in the summer. The nature habitats are home to wolves, otters, deer, bobcats, raccoons, snakes, turtles, hawks and owls. It was great to see the parking lot full of cars from throughout the region -- a very good sign the park and for the city of Kingsport. The $4-per-car entrance fee is well worth it. See the official park website for directions and trail maps.

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