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Spend a Day at Bays Mountain Park with King University Oct. 14

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2017 – King University alumni along with students, faculty, and staff are invited to spend a Day at Bays Mountain Park on Saturday, Oct. 14.

“We wanted to have an event that brought the entire King community together and what better place than Bays Mountain Park,” said Dana McMurray, director of alumni relations at King. “We have planned a fun-filled day surrounded by the amazing views that God has created in our area. We hope to see everyone there.”

Bays Mountain Park, located in Kingsport, Tennessee, is a 3500-acre nature preserve and the largest city owned park in the state of Tennessee. The Park features a picturesque 44-acre lake, a Nature Center with a state-of-the-art planetarium theater, and animal habitats featuring wolves, bobcats, raptors, and reptiles.

Activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. behind the wolves’ habitat with a picnic to last through 1:30 p.m. Other activities include hiking, mountain biking, animal exhibits, Herpetarium, Nature Center, Raptor Center, barge ride, zip line, and Adventure Course. The adventure course requires reservations. The barge ride, zip line, and adventure course require additional fees. Please see for more information on fees.

The planetarium at Bays Mountain is offering a planetarium show exclusively for King participants at 3 pm. The cost of the show is $2.50 per person. Guests can purchase tickets for the show the day of the event, anytime before the show, at the gift shop in the Nature Center at Bays Mountain. The cost for any other show will be $5. The theater can hold 150 people, so this will be a first come-first serve seating.

The cost for the Day at Bays Mountain Park is $5 (parking fee included) for King University alumni, faculty, and staff. King University students may attend at no cost, however, they must have a ticket, which they can pick up through Emily Loudon in Maclellan Hall. There may be additional fees depending on which activities participants choose. RSVP no later than October. 1 to Dawn McMurray via phone at 800.621.5464 or by e-mail at


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