Bays Mountain Park Announces Fall StarWatch Programs


KINGSPORT – Bays Mountain Parks observing sessions of our night skies have returned!‚  StarWatch is a free outdoor program allowing the public to enjoy the splendor of the night sky at the parks observatories.

Hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club, members operate the parks telescopes, as well as their own, to offer an exciting tour of the night sky.‚  Viewers can gaze at the moons craters and imagine themselves flying over in a spacecraft, and also witness celestial places of star birth and star death.

Sessions are held each Saturday night in October and November starting at dusk.‚  If the weather does not cooperate, an alternative activity will be held in the Planetarium.

Annually, more than 150,000 visitors pass through Bays Mountain Park making it one of the State of Tennessees Top 50 Most Visited Attractions, according to the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

One of the nations largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features nearly 40 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, ropes course with zip line, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.