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Spring is here and that means zip line and barge rides and canoe/kayak tours at Bays Mountain Park! Starting this week, guests can enjoy a range of activities at the park.

Experience the thrill of a zip line ride on The Flying Squirrel. The Flying Squirrel is an exciting, 310 foot zip line that races you through the tree line. Rides are $10 per person and $5 for park members.

Visitors can also catch a ride on the barge and explore the 44 acre lake. Observe water lilies, deer, raccoons, ducks, geese, turtles, great blue herons, beaver lodges and sometimes beavers and black bear. Your naturalist will discuss park history as well as the sights and sounds encountered on your trip creating a unique experience. Barge rides lasts approximately 45minutes and may be cancelled due to weather. Tickets for barge rides are $5 per person and free for park members.

Specialty programs including the twilight barge ride and the canoe/kayak tour are back this year. Spend a relaxing evening on the lake enjoying the beautiful lakeside scenery from the comfort of the barge or your personal canoe or kayak. The twilight barge rides are $5 per person and free for park members. The canoe/kayak tour is $3 per person and free for park members. The canoe/kayak tour is limited to 20 watercrafts, and participants must provide their own canoe/kayak and a coast guard approved personal flotation device.

The days and times for these activities are as follows:

  • Zip Line – Wednesdays at 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., Saturday and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. (April & May)
  • Barge Rides – Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00, 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.
  • Canoe/Kayak Tours – April 18th and May 16th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Twilight Barge Rides – April 25th and May 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

To book a zip line ride or to reserve a spot for the canoe/kayak tour or twilight barge rides, please call the Nature Center at 423-229-9447. To reserve your spot for daily barge rides, please visit the Nature Center before the scheduled barge ride. Bays Mountain only accepts barge ride reservations in advance for parties of 15 or more.

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