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Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is proud to announce that it has won the following in Blue Ridge Country magazine’s 30th Anniversary “Best of the Mountains” reader poll: 3rd Place: Best Hiking Trail (non-AT).

As part of its 30th Anniversary Celebration, Blue Ridge Country’s May/June issue is built around reader-poll results for the “Best of the Mountains.” This issue salutes readers’ favorites in the realms of people, places and much more. The reader polls are conducted every five years to give readers a chance to voice their opinions about the mountains they love so much.

“With all of the possible choices for readers to pick from for this award, we are thrilled Bays Mountain Park’s hiking trails made the top three,” said Rob Cole, park manager at Bays Mountain Park. “We have 40 miles of hiking trails at the park, and found within those 40 miles is a trail for every type of hiker.”

The May/June issue of Blue Ridge Country can be found on newsstands across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast by April 23.

Blue Ridge Country magazine celebrates the culture, history, geography and wonderful travel opportunities of the Southern Appalachians from the Virginias south through the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky.

For more information on Bays Mountain Park, please visit or call 423-229-9447.