Night rider: Mountain bike at night on Bays Mountain Park

Matthew Lane • Dec 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — In case you didn't get a chance to experience the thrill of a nighttime mountain bike ride at Bays Mountain Park last month, don't worry. You're in luck. Additional dates are coming up soon.

Bays Mountain Park and Reedy Creek Bicycles will continue offering free rides in January and February. Typically, 20 riders on average turn out for the evening rides.

Here's some information.

— Rides take place on Jan. 9 and 23 and on Feb. 13 and 27.

— Rides begin at 6 p.m. on each night.

— Rides start at the Farmstead Museum and last approximately three hours.

If you're interested in riding, you'll will need to do a couple of things first in order to participate.

— Provide your own mountain bike.

— Be a pre-registered mountain bike participant.

— Follow all safety guidelines.

Park Manager Rob Cole said the lead rider and most of the other riders will likely have a head lamp or some other light on their bike. He recommends you bring your own lamp or light, either mounted on your bike or helmet, just to be safe.

To register your mountain bike, you'll need to bring it to the Nature Center before 5 p.m. and fill out a registration form at the gift shop. The ride begins promptly at 6 p.m., and late arrivals will not be permitted to catch up once the ride begins.

For more information on Bays Mountain, please visit baysmountain.com or call (423) 229-9447.

Bays Mountain Park is a 3,550-acre nature preserve that is home to a 44-acre lake, a nature center, an adventure ropes course with a 300-foot zip line and several animal habitats, which feature wolves, bobcats, raptors and reptiles. The park includes 38 miles of trails that are used for hiking, mountain biking and sight-seeing.

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