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Kingsport - Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

853 Bays Mountain Park Road

Bays Mountain Park is home to a $1.3 million dollar state-of-the-art planetarium theater featuring a 40-foot dome, 6.1 surround sound and a Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector that is so precise viewers can use binoculars to see details in two dozen deep-sky objects!

Planetarium theaters are unique in that they accurately reproduce the night sky under a hemispherical projection dome.

Public planetarium astronomy programs are geared for family audiences and are suitable for ages 6 and above.


Adam Bartley

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Planetarium is top notch and new shows are pretty frequent. Barge ride is pretty fun, and you can learn a lot about the area. Trails are good and very clean. Maps are available for the park, and I definitely recommend a season pass. It is 45 dollars for a full year and you get parking free, planetarium free, and barge free. And I believe it is free for up to 5 other people with you. Last year I saved almost 1,000 with the amount of people I took and how frequently I went.

Eric Hyche

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A true gem in Kingsport. You can do a little bit of everything here: watch a planetarium show, see animals in their natural habitats, tackle a mountain bike trail, or take a hike around a beautiful lake. I love hiking here - my family and I have hiked to the firetower many times. I have also mountain-biked here several times and really enjoyed it.

Appalachian GhostWalks

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Bay's Mountain Park offers so much to East Tennessee Visitors, including a Zoo with Wolves, Owls, and more. In addition, the park offers a planetarium and Astronomical observatory. For more than ten years, the Nature Center at the Park has served as the departure point for Appalachian GhostWalks' "Cherokee Bigfoot Adventure Tour". We are proud to partner with Bay's Mountain in providing travelers yet another reason to choose East Tennessee as their preferred vacation destination.

George Smith

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
It's a really nice place to hike, see local wildlife, and the planetarium and other programs like wolf howling and educational stuff. If you're planning a day trip this place is well worth your time. They also have zip lines and a survival course. There are mountain bike trails also. Today was a great day of hiking with the frozen lake and waterfall, it was one of our best hikes on the Lakeside trail.

Kathy Marcum

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Enjoyable little park. Animal exhibits were clean and well maintained. Employees helpful and knowledgeable. Inexpensive way to spend the afternoon.

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