Contact Information

  • Blair Rayfield, Park Manager
  • (828) 312-4803
  • Contact via email
  • Main Location:PO Box 389 Newton, NC 28658
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Bakers Mountain Park

Bakers Mountain Park is located on the highest elevation point in Catawba County (1780 feet). The park features 189 acres of mature Chestnut Oak forest with nearly 6 miles of trails. You will experience a variety of wildlife and plants native to the North Carolina Mountains.


6680 Bakers Mountain Road
Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 324-8461
Fax: (828) 324-6327

Park Location Map

Park Trail map

Recreational Opportunities

6 miles of trails meander through a hardwood forest and lead to an observation platform and gazebo at the mountaintop where you will have an excellent view of the Catawba Valley. A ¼ mile paved ADA accessible trail meanders through plantings near the parking area.

2 covered shelters with picnic tables and grills offer places to enjoy a picnic or group gathering. Shelters are used on a first-come basis or they can be reserved to ensure space for your gathering.

A variety of habitats and wildlife give residents another unique opportunity to view the natural beauty of the Western North Carolina foothills. Abundant wildlife, rare plants and a mixed hardwood forest comprised primarily of Chestnut Oak and Mountain Laurel, make the park a refreshingly different recreation opportunity than can be found at lower elevations. A Bird Checklist can help you identify species that you might see in the park.

The shelters can be used for your educational programs (reservations encouraged), or your group could contact the park office for a guided outdoor interpretive tour. The park also sponsors educational events periodically. Watch for them on this website or on Facebook.

You can walk/run along any of the trails with your leashed dog.

Please ask about ways you can volunteer to help maintain/improve our parks or help sponsor a public event.

Bakers Mountain Park eBird Checklist

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