Bakers Mountain Loop Hike

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Bakers Mountain Loop Hike is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hickory, NC 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 756 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Closed on Wednesdays?! What the heck?!

3 months ago

Nice workout...

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

hiking
4 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Loved this hike. Wasn't too hard and my dog loved it as well. Ranger is super nice.

7 months ago

OK hike you get to the top to look at water towers power lines and mobile homes, excellent hike for the family or novice hikers.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Outstanding family hike. Took the family up here 160216 the walk up was totally worth it. After a long weekend with the kids at home and having a snow day and extra day off the cabin fever was do to get worn out of them.

We had a blast. Unfortunately we departed our house kinda late in the afternoon and arrived at the park just about 1530. Took a bit to familiarize our selfs with trails before we set off. We notice too The park closed at 1700, so we began our accede on one of the trails near by. The scenery and sounds of the woods to the kids was awesome.Got 21 questions and the some.

As a Marine I was taught navigation skills and other skill sets while I was in the service. Its amazing to pass on to them some skills I was taught.

Mid way we notice the time flew by and started taking short cuts though not straying too far off the path. We made it to the top of the look out took a moment and then began our decent back down the trail. We were met by the park ranger at the end of the trail and asked hey y'all enjoy the trail. We replied with a yes sir it was outstanding. We humbly apologized for being late and not making the time by closing. He said ah don't mention it happens a lot. Definitely looking to do it again.

walking
1 year ago

Great moderate hiking trail. The views were beautiful and they do a really good job at maintaining the trails.

hiking
1 year ago

This hike is only 10 minutes from our house so it is our fallback if we want to get in a quick hour of exercise on the trails. The forest floor is covered with leaves right now so it is a very "crunchy" walk and good at hiding rocks and roots! Red trail loop is 2.5 miles and 750 vertical as above so about an hour if you keep moving. There are lots of shorter hikes or combinations to mix it up. Our dog loves this trail as well and starts whining when we are still a mile away. Frank and the other Rangers are excellent!! Trails are now open every day but Wednesday, 9-5 through the winter. See the link below for current hours etc.

1 year ago

I took my seven year old daughter for a hike on this trail today and was very pleased with the overall experience. There were some very friendly park rangers that gave us information along with the clear paths that provided us with exercise that we both enjoyed. I will be back and maybe bring a lunch as there are spots to sit and plenty of places to toss trash!