Bakers Mountain Loop Hike

MODERATE 93 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.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
603 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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
23 days ago

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1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Walked it with my mom and two kids, we never quite figured out the way to the overlook (it started pouring so we turned back), and there is no waterfall, just a very small creek. There were some amazing carved hiking sticks for the taking and nice clean bathrooms. A cool stone chimney, some cave type boulders and amazing fall colors.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The other reason I'm giving 4 stars is that we both felt that the trail was not moderate and actually quite difficult when we hit the inclines on the blue trails. Not that we would have turned it down otherwise, but we maybe wouldn't have taken our elderly dog (though we learned on this trip that he can totally handle it way better than us). The view was great at the top and we loved that it had a little of everything (streams, heavily wooded, rock formations, history). We would definitely go back!

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Short, but pretty good strenuous hike to the top. The Overlook was quite lovely. You could see for miles!

hiking
2 months ago

Well marked and maintained. paved parking area with bathrooms. nice for a short hike with good incline, moderately challenging.

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3 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

the trail we took was strenuous enough and yet very easy !!

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

I've got to go up the street be back in min