It was a relatively warm day today, and we decided to stay close to home. We chose Bays Mountain. We’ve been there several times. We’ve never checked out the Planetarium. We always do a walk at the park. Today we did 4 things at the park.
After we parked and had our picnic, we treked back down the road until you came to where the water flows over the dam. Across the road and down into the woods, you can visit Dolan Branch Falls. It’s not the easiest and most beautiful waterfall to photograph. You don’t get the best angle from the side. If you go down to the bridge and photograph up towards the waterfall it’s not all that pretty because of the rocks / broken trees and branches. But, if you continue across the bridge, you can walk a ways on down the stream and capture some nice photos of the running water.
After we finished here, we then decided to take the 1/2 mile Cliffside Trail. There are a couple of nice overlooks. The actual trail isn’t close to the edge of the cliffs, but you can of course walk to the edge. I wouldn’t recommend it.
After we walked the Cliffside Trail, we went down the the lake, and walked the Lakeside Trail. It’s about 2 1/2 miles around the lake. This is probably the most popular trail in the park. I’d say it’s easy to moderate. There are a few long hills. And, if you go after there has been rain (as we did today), there will be some challenges trying to get around the water and mud on the trail. When you are on the back end of the lake, you can see lots of signs of beaver activity. Lots of little dams built by the beaver.
The last part of the day was spent visiting the animal habitat.
Hope you enjoy our photos. As usual, run your cursor over each photo for a brief description.
Directions to Bays Mountain Park: From Bristol, TN, take I-81 South approximately 18 miles to Exit 57B. Take I-26 approximately 5 miles to Exit 3 (Meadowview Parkway). Turn left. Drive approximately 1 mile and take right fork (Reservoir Rd). Drive another mile and turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Rd. Not far up the road, the road will split. Go left to go into the park. If you’re lucky enough, as you are paying (if I recall correctly, it’s only like $6 per car), the wild turkey will be hanging out at the entrance….853 Bays Mountain Park Rd, Kingsport, TN.