Miles Hiked: 3.3
- From Johnson City, take I-26 north (toward Kingsport)
to Exit 3.
Turn left at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp.
This road turns into Reservoir Road. Continue on this road
for approximately 3 miles, then turn right onto Bays Mountain
Park Road. Stay to the left fork in the road at the park
entrance. You will stop mid-way up the mountain to pay $3 per
vehicle to get into the park.
- To get to the fire tower, we walked down toward the
Nature Center from the parking area. We found a paved
trail right next to the lake and began walking toward the right.
Follow the signs for the Lakeside Trail. After
approximately 0.8 miles we turned right on the Hemlock Trail.
After 0.1 mile we then found the Fire Tower Trail, which was 0.7
miles to the tower. We re-traced our steps back down the
Fire Tower Trail, but when we reached the junction of the
Hemlock Trail, we took the Lakeside Road back to the parking
area. A great resource for the Bays Mountain Trails with
mileages can be found
(thanks to Collins Chew of the TEHCC for this chart).
Hike Rating -
Bill's Overall Rating:
Distance: 3.3 miles
Type: LOOP + OUT & BACK on
Water Crossings: 1 -
Hazards: steep steps
on the fire tower
historical, structure, wildlife viewing
Click here for hike rating reference guide.