Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up Bays Mountain Park

Matthew Lane • Apr 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by spending a few hours at Bays Mountain Park, working side by side with other volunteers to help clean up some trails in and around the Nature Center.

If that sounds like something you’re interested in, then come up to Bays Mountain on April 19 and join park staff in an Earth Day Cleanup. The event is a partnership with Keep Kingsport Beautiful and its annual Clean Sweep Kingsport initiative.

The cleanup will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with volunteers working along three trails: Lakeside (2.75 miles), Lake Road (4.4 miles), and Fire Tower Trail (a round-trip hike of 2.88 miles).


Spending time cleaning up the environment and giving back to the community is the perfect way to celebrate this planet we call home.

“What makes this year so different is, with the amount of rain over the past year, we’re seeing heavy numbers (of visitors) on the weekends, and that tells us that folks clearly want to get outside,” said Rob Cole, park manager. “As they have, this has increased the traffic on our trails. Of course, those same rains created so much erosion on various trails, and that will only add to the cleanup efforts.”

In addition to collecting any trash and debris they find, volunteers will be doing some very minor touch-up work to help improve the trails. More in-depth repairs and improvements will be made at a later time.


Earth Day takes place each year on April 22 to “mark the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970,” according to the Earth Day Network. It’s a day for people to show that they care about having a healthy and sustainable environment.

If you’re interested in volunteering, preregister by calling the Nature Center at (423) 229-9447. Participants should dress for the weather, meet in front of the Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. and bring drinking water, work gloves and closed-toe shoes.

Clean Sweep Kingsport, an event organized by Keep Kingsport Beautiful, takes place on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. until noon at seven locations throughout the city including downtown; the Kingsport Greenbelt (at PetSmart); Riverfront Park/Holston River; Riverview/Borden/South Central; Lynn Garden; Highland; and Madd Branch.

For more information about Clean Sweep Kingsport, phone Robin Cleary at (423) 392-8814 or email her at rcleary@kingsportchamber.org.

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