Bakers Mountain Loop Hike

MODERATE 58 reviews
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Bakers Mountain Loop Hike is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hickory, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.4 miles 754 feet Loop

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

A nice wooded walk which includes 2 old homesites, a couple monuments, tree information markers, a nice view from the top, and some nice woodland views in the Western NC Piedmont. The section of the trail leading to the top is steep, but short, and very manageable. Bakers Mountain Park is a small county park in western Catawba County, NC. It's nothing spectacular, but a nice place to go and get away from it all for a while. The ranger here is an avid birder, and very knowledgeable about the area. They have some strange hours, so call before you go. The small trail system, about six miles, has a number of different combinations of trails you can put together for numerous loop hikes. Pick up a map at the park office. The trails are pretty well marked and there is a map at almost every intersection. Definitely make sure you go to the observation platform for good views to the east. Also check out the old homesites, waterfall, and boulder outcropping. Most of the trails here are very steep. Don't let the short distances fool you. Take water with you.

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18 days ago

I took the red trail to orange at the first homestead and followed that to the overlook. Beautiful view! Pro-tip: post a Hammock under the over look for instant zen points! I took blue on the way back and stopped by the waterfall and the second homestead. Beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow what a refreshing trail!
I would like to meet the reviewer that labeled this as moderate.

This trail can sway to the moderate/strenuous difficulty in my judgement.

Very well marked, many stopping points, and many information plaques all along the trails.

3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy hike.

5 months ago

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6 months ago

6 months ago

Closed on Wednesdays?! What the heck?!

Nice workout...

hiking
6 months ago

this is a great place for pics if you know what you wanting to shoot. has a great veiw up top, with a gazebo. also a few homestead markers.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty fun trail but not too many things to look at along the way. Definitely worth taking the orange trail to the gazebo and overlook!

trail running
7 months ago

A well marked and managed trail. Had an enjoyable run on the trail- enough elevation to get the heart rate up but so much elevation that the trail was over strenuous. Certain parts of the trail were scenic- the view and the creek with a waterfall was nice. I will be running this trail again the next time I am in Hickory.

hiking
7 months ago

Moderate. Not too steep, but definitely not level ground. Quick and pretty hike, clearly marked.

hiking
7 months ago

Not bad. A quick 2.5 miler that took an hour. Moderate is a good description.

hiking
9 months ago

Was a fairly easy trail, some steep hills but had a lot of benches along the way to stop and rest. The park ranger was friendly and told us which trails were best on the way up and down. The gazebo and dock overlooking the view were very nice and shaded to rest a bit once getting to the top. Took the blue trail and was about 2 hours round trip, but we weren't in a rush.