Bays Mountain Park - TRAIL

Bays Mountain Park - Trail, Kingsport, Tennessee

Mainly fire roads with some single track. Fairly hilly terrain.

User Reviews (9)

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Skinny Love   Weekend Warrior [Aug 03, 2014]

Rode Bays Mountain for first time August 2, 2014. Loved this place. Fast awesome trails. Not technical but fun fun fun. Great workout with the small climbs but nothing strenuous. Will go back! Done a great job with the singletrack trails. You can just ride and enjoy.

Customer Service

Drive up from the Nature Center to top of hill and park. Then hit Chestnut Ridge trail cross Azela trail and hit Oak Tree Trail to Chiqapicque trail until it hit Lake Road. Take left at Lake Road for .98 and ride Oak Tree back to Chestnut Ridge to the car.

Similar Products Used: Warriors Path-More technical
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5
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2
mtntrekker   Weekend Warrior [Sep 26, 2009]

Bays Mountain has been reinvented in a way. If you havent been in a while you owe it to yourself to give it another shot.There is a large expansion in the last couple years and trails have been built thanks to the NETMBA the trail that me and a friend just rode that was a total blast was Chiquipin trail, about two miles of single track that was not to difficult to climb.You owe it to yourself to check it out.

Customer Service

Chiquipin trail

Similar Products Used: Azalea is also fun
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4
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3
Kurt   Weekend Warrior [Jul 06, 2009]

I just rode this trail yesterday. As other reviewers have already noted, it's a great cardio or endurance ride. The portion I rode was all fire roads that ranged from gravel to dirt. I started at the bottom of the dam and took Lake Road out to the end of the lake. At the intersection of Lake and Front Hollow there is a long steep hill as you head up toward the fire tower. It will really get you heart pumping. As you climb on to River Mountain Rd., the trail is really eroded away leaving deep ruts and exposed rock. If you stick to the sides, you can probably make it through okay. I had to walk in a place or two. I would recommend altering your route to go down this section not up. The road between the fire tower and the antennas is a really fun stretch with rolling hills. On the last leg, I took Bays Mountain Road down the parking lot. This is mainly a gravel road with long downhill runs where you can catch a lot of speed. Overall, it took me about 1:30 to finish and that included climbing the fire tower. I really enjoyed it and would ride it again.

Customer Service

Climb Bays Mountain road to the antennas, then ride across to the fire tower and down River Mountain to Lake Road.

Similar Products Used: Haw Ridge in Knoxville
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4
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3
BrandonJ   Cross Country Rider [Mar 16, 2005]

This is a good place to ride for getting in shape. It's basically a cardio ride with basically all fire roads at this point. There are some long climbs, some which are quite steep. The downhills are a great reward. Bay's is pretty much always rideable when it's too wet to ride elsewhere. You will be told that Azalea is single track....don't be fooled. It's basically just another fire road without the gravel on it. It's a lot of fun coming back down though. Other than a few steep downhills with ruts, slick rocks, and baby heads, there is very little technical riding here.

Similar Products Used: Warrior's Path State Park...easily the best real single track action in the area.
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4
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5
Mike Simms   [Jul 30, 1999]

The track starts off with a level 1 mile ride by the lake to warm up. Then you are hit with a relatively steep .4 mile climb followed by a .3 mile steep decent. Turn right onto lake road and you have about 2.25 miles of rolling terain. Once you pass the maintenance building you immediately turn left (through a gate) to a steep .5 mile climb. From this point you have a couple of miles of up and down riding until you reach the fire tower. A super steep decent of about .6 miles and you turn left back onto Lake Road. 2.5 miles and you have completed one lap. This is not a technical ride, but it is really tough. You have great scenery and lots of climbing. There are several ways to ride and a couple of single tracks that you can jump on. It is a great place to train for different types of riding.

Customer Service

Several routes are good. I like to run the "race track" starting at the damn.

Similar Products Used: Warriors Path, Panther Creek, Buffalo Mountain..
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5
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mike giles   [Aug 18, 1999]

I rode by the lake up the killer fire road, really will take a lot out of you. The top has a fire tower which offers a spectacilar view of Kingsport and the park. It is a beatiful place but for a guy like me who can't get enough of single tracks it is really disapointing. Not knocking the park, I enjoyed it but like I said I am a single track guy. If you have never been stop at the museum and get a sticker that is required (2$) and get a map. The park personnel are super.

Customer Service

directions given are good

Similar Products Used: Panther Creek, Haws Ridge, Muddy Creek to blue trail
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1
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Eric Iversen   [Sep 03, 1999]

Not single-track, but overall a pretty good workout with some killer climbs. If you can do it in under an hour -- you are race material.

Customer Service

Most people follow the race course which is a figure 8. Start at the bottom of the damn and bank right. Make another right at the next intersection (first big hill) Go right again at the bottom of the first downhill. Go left after the maintenance shed. Turn left at the TV towers. Make a sharp left at the bottom of the biggest downhill. This will take you over the flat area a second time and back to the maintenence shed. Total length is 12.5 miles

Similar Products Used: Muddy hollow to Blue Trail
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3
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Tony   [Nov 29, 1999]

Mostly fire roads. Not very technical, but a killer workout. Some really good climbs. I think an earlier reviewer said it best. This is a good place to train and there are some really nice views..

Customer Service

Just start riding on one of the fire roads (make sure it is OK for bikes). There are several routes, most people ride the race track. I prefer to start near the maintenace shed.

Similar Products Used: Warriors, Panther Creek, High Knob (Va).
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4
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Eman   [Apr 08, 2000]

I rode the hell out of this place when I lived near there. It has some places where you can fly. I once hit 41 mph. If you go on a weekday you'll pretty much have the whole place to yourself. There are some long climbs, cool views, a couple of technical downhills, and a little bit of flat boring crap to let you know that you are not in heaven. Overall it is a great place to ride. I love singletrack more than anything but this is some of the best dirt road riding you can find anywhere. Good parking too, you don't have to worry about some hick with no teeth busting into your car.

Customer Service

Race course

Similar Products Used: Buffalo Mtn.(Johnson City) is pretty cool.
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4
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Kim   [Jan 03, 2003]

Fun, fun, fun cardio ride. Great place to build and maintain stamina and fitness. Great wet weather riding. When all other trails are not rideable, this trail is. You can get alot done at Bays Mountain. There are lots of fun rolling, quick fire roads with challenging climbs and quick fun descents. Most of the riding is intermediate with little technical riding. Most people find it challenging due to the amount of climbing. There is a nice "single track" called azalea. Firetower is challenging in the climb and the descent. Overall this is a great place to ride in sun, rain, snow or anythingelse mother nature has to dish out.

Customer Service

There are many different routes. Maps are available at the entrance to the park. I vary my route depending on how I feel each time I ride. I've yet to find a route I didn't like.

Similar Products Used: Warriors Path State Park, Buffalo Mountain, Panther Creek
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4
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