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Combine two of the most popular activities at Bays Mountain Park and you get, Howl & Hike! Outdoor Pursuits is back with the second pursuit in this series, bringing you a naturalist from Bays Mountain Park to lead a hike after hearing the call of the wild.

Kick off the day with brief instruction at the YMCA, and then head to Bays Mountain Park for the 10:00 a.m. wolf howling. The naturalist led hike begins immediately after and is a 2.3 mile, moderate/strenuous hike on Lakeside Trail.

The goal of the Outdoor Pursuits series is to introduce the surrounding com­munity to more outdoor opportunities in a safe environment and with knowledgeable staff. The following programs are set for this spring:

  • April 7 – Howl and Hike: Meet at the YMCA at 9:15 a.m.
  • May 25 – Canoe/Kayak: From 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bays Mountain Park. Participants must provide their own water­craft (no motorized watercraft permitted) and safety floata­tion gear. Limit of 20 watercraft for this program.

All programs are by registration only and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost for each program is $3.00 per person; free for YMCA and Bays Mountain Park members. To reg­ister and pay for these events, please visit the YMCA front desk or

To submit requests for additional information, contact Dustin Sims at 423-765- 9722, or via email at For more information on Bays Mountain, please visit or call 423-229-9447.