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Bakers Mountain Park

Bakers Mountain office

6680 Bakers Mountain Road
Hickory, NC 28602-8210
Phone: (828) 324-8461

Blair Rayfield, Parks Manager
Phone: (828) 312-4803
Email Parks Manager

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Bakers Mountain Home
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Bakers Mountain is located in southwestern Catawba County, and can be seen off Hwy 127 in Mountain View. The park entrance is on Bakers Mountain Road just off Old Shelby Road.

Closed Wednesdays

November - February: 9 AM - 5 PM
March and October: 9 AM - 7 PM
April - September: 9 AM - 8 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve and Day

Ranger on duty during park hours


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 trail to explore. You will experience a variety of wildlife and plants that are native to the North Carolina Mountains. Come and explore the beauty and diversity of Catawba County's natural heritage at Bakers Mountain Park.

    Recreational Opportunities
  • 6 miles of hiking trails
  • Observation platform and gazebo at mountain top
  • Picnic areas & grills
  • 2 covered shelters
  • Leashed dog walking
  • Quarter mile paved trail - ADA accessible
  • Educational and volunteer opportunities
  • Bird checklists are available

The park preserves the County's natural heritage, and give residents another unique opportunity to marvel at 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. An observation platform and gazebo are located near the top of the mountain giving hikers an excellent view of the Catawba Valley.

A natural boulder out cropping, a turn of the century house site, and several open meadows make interesting stopping points along the way. If the hike seems too intense, sit back and entertain friends or family in one of the picnic shelters near the park office.

The park gives southwest Catawba County a passive recreation facility, fulfilling a need in one of the county's fastest growing areas.

Preserving Catawba County's Natural Heritage