Recently, Greg and I visited the beautiful Bays Mountain Park which is owned and operated by the City of Kingsport (Tennessee). To quote the park brochure, "Bays Mountain Park sits on a 3,550 acre natural basin...that serves a 44 acre lake habitat."
"Typical Appalachian plants and animals inhabit the park including deer, squirrels, raccoons, a variety of bird species and many others."
There are many interesting features at the park to enjoy which include animal habitats, picnic areas, fishing (only for certain ages and only during certain times), nature programs (like the barge ride which lets you view the park from a different perspective), the Farmstead (which is a museum about the way some people used to live in our area), and planetarium shows (which astronomy buffs are sure to love).
Greg and I usually visit this park at least once a year to enjoy the beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.
Last time we were there, we saw several deer walking freely around the park to the delight of park visitors, including us! We also noticed several squirrels and a rather chipper chipmunk (which is actually a small squirrel).
Once, when we were walking on one of the mountain paths, we encountered a red fox. (All was well, for we ran one way, and the fox ran the other! It's even possible to occasionly spot a black bear while on a hike around the park. See park info for precautions.)
While there, we always enjoy documenting our visit by taking lots of pictures, some of which, as you can see, are here on this blog post.
Visiting the gift shop is a must. You're sure to find something just right to take home as a souvenir of your visit. You can choose from a nice selection of delightful items including jewelry (I once found a beautiful gemstone bracelet there.), books, pictures, toys, local honey, and even freeze-dried ice cream ! (like the astronauts eat).
Greg and I simply love Bays Mountain Park. Chances are, you'd love it, too!
Be sure to check out their website (listed below) for more detailed information about the park.
Bays Mountain Park
853 Bays Mountain Park Road
Kingsport, TN 37660
Positive thought: Get back to nature this week!
Thanks for visiting! Until next time (Sunday, July 3), Becky