Park Entrance
Root Covered Trail
Rock Covered Trail
Some Steep Climbs

Bakers Mountain Park is where I go for a leisure stroll with family or to get back into hiking shape after winter. There are only two very steep climbs in my opinion, the climb to the observation platform at elevation 1625 feet via the blue trail (see map at bottom) and the short climb to elevation 1280 feet on the Knoll Spur trail. The park is well maintained and the trails are clearly marked with maps posted on every trail intersection. This is a hike I took on April 21, 2017. It was cool and cloudy that day. A short drizzle came through but otherwise the hike was enjoyable. I had a 10lb camera backpack with a Pentax K-50, 18-55mm lens, 50-200mm lens, a Sigma DG 70-300mm lens and a tripod. I used the Sigma and tripod on a series of shots that didnít turn out. The photos posted on this page were taken mostly with the 50-200mm lens. My brother came down from Indiana and we visited the park on May 2, 2017. A severe storm was forecasted at 3pm that day. We reached the peak at 3:15pm and the storm hit. We got wet.

Note: Click on the pictures for a larger view or here to scroll through the photo gallery consisting of 40 photos.
  • Bakers Mountain Park Entrance

    Bakers Mountain is located in southwestern Catawba County. The park entrance is on Bakers Mountain Road south of I-40. Take exit #121, go south on Old Shelby Road 4.3 miles. There is a park sign posted on the street sign post at the intersection of Bakers Mountain Road and Old Shelby Road. Turn left on Bakers Mountain Road and the entrance to the park is about a mile ahead on your left.

  • Parking Area

    The parking area is small with parking for maybe around 20 cars. Two handicapped parking areas are available as well. The display stand shown below has a sign-in book for visitors and interesting information on the park posted. The admission to the park is free.

  • Picnic Benches

    There are several picnic shelters for large groups that you can reserve for $35 a day and several picnic benches along the trails that are free to use. This one pictured here was just north of the Stream Habitat Area on the Red trail.

  • Trail Markings

    The trails are clearly marked with painted posts that identify the trail. At each intersection of trails there are posted map stands which have a number that pinpoints your location on the map.

  • Benches for the weary

    There are benches all along the trails, especially on the steeper climbs. Every intersection has benches for the weary to rest before continuing on and the steep climbs will have several as you make your way upward. I didnít see any broken benches and thought they were well placed on the trails.

  • Trails

    The trails are clearly defined and well kept. Here are a few photos taken on the Red trail. The bottom right photo was taken on the Blue trail heading toward the observation platform. This trail is very steep in places and rain water has exposed the roots of the trees. Some of the trails going up the mountain is covered with rocks as well. Scroll through the Photo Album for photos of them.

  • Homestead Ruins

    There are several ruins of settlerís cabins in the park. The foundation of one of them still remains. A memorial plaque was erected on the site in honor of a soldier who was killed in action during WWII. He lived in that cabin back in the 1930's. I did not visit that site on this trip. This chimney is all that is left of one of the cabins.

  • Homestead Ruins (cont)

    My brother and I visited the park on another day and I took these pictures of the second cabin. This is the memorial erected by the homestead site. The foundation can be seen in several areas as well as the two chimneys.

  • Mountain Top

    At the top of the mountain there is an observation platform and a gazebo (elevation 1625). Just up from the observation platform is a bench and where I took the picture of the view. Although last year was the last time I hiked this mountain I am proud to say this bench at the top was the only one I used. I experimented with the Sigma DG 70-300mm lens mounted on a tripod there but none turned out well enough to post here.

  • Short Video

    This is a short video of our hike to the top of Bakers Mountain. The storm hits as we are photographing the scenery but it is not evident in the video. The rain lasted until we reached the parking lot and then the sun came out.

  • Baker Mountain Park Map

    Here is a topographic map with contour lines of the park. I hiked the Red trail from the parking lot up to the Knoll Spur at map post 3 to the top of the knoll at 1280 feet. I then reconnected with the Red trail at map post 4 heading east to map post 5 where I took the Blue trail to the observation platform. From there I headed south along the Orange trail to map post 8 and rejoined the Red trail back to the parking lot. Approximately 3 mile hike.