Bakers Mountain Loop Hike

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Bakers Mountain Park

Bakers Mountain Loop Hike is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hickory, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 603 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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rocky

Note: Bakers Mountain Park is closed on Wednesdays. 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
3 days ago

Great trail for an active afternoon. Very steep in several spots but is compensated with comfortable rest points. Great picnic area at the top!

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful and peaceful hike with a great view at the top. Pretty steep at some points but there are benches along the way to rest.

hiking
10 days ago

highly maintained trail,friendly knowledgeable park rangers. clean bathrooms. A very beautiful hike. Well worth your while to go.

hiking
11 days ago

Excellent hike; much steeper than expected. Perfect for a solid family hike (a good challenge for young ones and not too easy for the oldest)

hiking
13 days ago

wonderful hike here. weather was perfect. pretty strenuous both up and down the trail but it was worth it. Park attendant was very helpful.

hiking
17 days ago

All around solid trails. Friendly people, shaded trails. Nice 2.5-3 mile enjoyment!!!

backpacking
18 days ago

very peaceful hike. Definitely do have to say if you're not expecting a steep climb, don't go on the orange trailhead because it will give you a workout. Great place altogether though. I backpacked it with 30lbs but im sure it would be easier as a nature walk.

30 days ago

I enjoyed the peacefulness of this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is close to my house and very fun!! Great for families, with lots of different trails to take:) by the time your lungs get burning you’re close to the top! Beautiful view:)

hiking
1 month ago

This is by far my favorite place to go in my home county. It’s got a beautiful overlook and is a little haul getting to the top. It is so well maintained though. I highly recommend doing the red trail, then connect to the orange trail, and then cross over to blue. It’s 3.5 miles even that way and you get a good view of everything.

hiking
1 month ago

This county park is so well taken care of and kind ranger at the start. We did the loop and enjoyed the beautiful tall trees, flowers, waterfall, and stream along our route! The trails are nicely marked. A beautiful lookout at the top! It wasn't too busy with an early start but parking lot was full upon us leaving.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing park. Well cared for by hikers and staff alike. My kids and I did a 4 mile loop today. So peaceful and views at the top are stunning.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail and it was open for Covid. Social distancing at its best!!

hiking
2 months ago

My buddy and I did the red trail it was a little challenging going up hill lol but we made it to the top. Planning going back finishing the other tails is a goal.

2 months ago

Very impressed with this park. The trails are marked and has a great view from the mountain. Very peaceful and very clean.

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hiking
2 months ago

Cute park! Well maintained. Garbage cans along trail. Open during Covid-19! People respect distancing on trails. Not crowded. Great workout - lots of incline.

It's a very nice trail, but the trail to the top is very steep. There are many benches to stop and rest on and the trails are marked by color depending which one you are on. Happy hiking!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike on 3/8/2020. The hike was mild and hike a few steep elevation points. There are maps all around the park and the trails are easy to find. Make sure to go to the park overlook on top of the mountain.

hiking
5 months ago

Well maintained trails. Slightly washed out in a few areas but nothing extreme. Medium difficulty is a very fair rating for this trail with varying degrees of technical areas (rocks, roots). Plenty of benches to rest along the way. This is a trail to visit again!

hiking
6 months ago

Very nicely maintained park with lots of trail options that connect and take you throughout the park. The walk just up to the observation deck is a bit steep but otherwise it’s an easy-to-moderate hike. We made a loop out of the red, blue, orange, and then red trails and were done in under an hour and a half. Not particularly beautiful views but a nice afternoon hike overall.

hiking
6 months ago

I would say this trail tends more towards difficult because of the steep climbs. Most of them are short, but there are a lot to get to the mountaintop. Trails are very well marked, view at the top is good, not great. Overall good hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice & Beautiful views but steep outlook nice

hiking
6 months ago

Great workout! many different trails to choose from to get to the lookout.

hiking
7 months ago

Killer grades, but beautiful views.

hiking
bugs
off trail
9 months ago

Be prepared to sweat.A great workout for my dog and I. Up and down hills with rocks.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Love all the trails in this park. They are challenging but not real difficult. I hike these trails alone and always feel very safe. I am a 69 year old female. Not very many views but the woods are very pretty. All the trails are very well marked.

hiking
10 months ago

Excellent trail! Well maintained and well marked. It does get a little steep but that’s what I’m looking for. It was so nice to take a loop and not for one moment wonder if I was on the right path.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

the moderate rating of this trail (and others connecting it) is a bit off. I would consider parts to be strenuous. i year old, 6 year old, and me carrying a 6 month old about did us in at one point. We began the climb to the top and had to turn around. It is doable and fun but definitely prepare for a workout. bring water. and hydrate. very clean and well kept.

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