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Bakers Mountain Park,Ranger John Sutton will host!Lunch@ Red Lobster

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Ranger John Sutton will host a guided nature hike at Bakers Mountain Park on April 13th 2013 at 9:30 A.M. with Over 0 - 100 Nature Lovers and Hikers, Etc.
In the Spring Bakers Mountain is breathtaking with all the wildflowers, streams, unique plants growing in the park include Table Mountain Pine, Pitch Pine, Boynton's Locust, Shiny-leaf Meadowsweet, and Heartleaf Wild Ginger.

We will meet Ranger John Sutton @ 9:20 A.M. Parking Lot.
Plan on staying for most of the day.
6 miles trails are well marked with map stands, marking posts and benches.
Please read this whole text for all the info. Please only use the RSVP box for Yes.
No need to RSVP NO.
The Ranger John & I have been working on this event for a few months, John wanted to wait for the right time for all the wildflowers to be in bloom. spring is a perfect for all the Butterflies, Birds and all the Wildlife to come out. Please leave your dogs at home for this one.
Hope our photographers will join us for this one.

Address for this location is:
Bakers Mountain Park
6680 Bakers Mountain Rd.
Hickory,NC 28602
Ranger , John Sutton
Bakers Mountain Park is a passive recreational park committed to preserving the unique and diverse natural heritage of Catawba County. The park has a deciduous temperate forest ecosystem located on an isolated mountain (Monadnock) reaching 1780 feet above sea level, Catawba County's highest peak. Due to this higher elevation, Bakers Mountain is home to vegetation usually associated with the mountains. Most of the 200 acres of parkland is covered with a mature forest over-story dominated by Chestnut Oak with a under-story of woody shrubs and trees, including Mountain Laurel on the hillsides and Rosebay Rhododendron along small streams. Other unique plants growing in the park include Table Mountain Pine, Pitch Pine, Boynton's Locust, Shiny-leaf Meadowsweet, and Heartleaf Wild Ginger.

Wildlife viewing opportunities abound at Bakers Mountain Park. Butterflies sip nectar from shrubs and wildflowers in the Butterfly Garden. The three streams traversing the park are home to a variety of salamanders and frogs, indicators of high water quality. During summer months, lizards scurry around tree trunks as hikers pass along the trails. Box Turtles crawl through the leaf litter. Black racers, black rat snakes, and eastern ribbon snakes slither across the forest floor. White-tailed deer pause to drink water from the stream habitat area. Birds, 104 species to date, fill the air with their calls and flight..

Please POST where you will meet for carpooling & time to meet. You will need to leave Charlotte by 8:15 A.M.

Directions: From 1-40, take exit #121, go south on Old Shelby
Road 4.3 miles. Turn left on Bakers Mountain Road and
the entrance to the park is about a mile ahead. Look for
park signs on street sign posts. Google Map (http://www.catawbacountync.gov/parks/BakerMtnMap.asp) Park Map (http://www.catawbacountync.gov/Parks/bmmap.pdf)

Directions to Red Lobster1846 Us-70 SeHickory, NC 28602(828) 327-6113

See, below.

After our tour, we can hike as much as we want. You do not have to hike 6 miles, hike only what you feel you can do. Remember this is for enjoyment. If you want to hike 6 miles or 13 miles or less, feel free to hike it. No one will be left behind.

Hiking Trails
Nearly 6 miles of trail guide you through Bakers Mountain Park and lead to the gazebo and platform near the top of the mountain. A quarter mile ADA accessible paved trail is located near the park office and parking. The Blue and Orange trails are very steep and strenuous gaining almost 600 feet in elevation. All trails are well marked with map stands, marking posts and benches. The paved trail and Yellow trail have interesting interpretive information along the path. Because of our unique location, you will see great diversity in plant life and wildlife; many unusual indigenous mountain species can be found.

The trail system is excellent for bird watching. All trails are well shaded because of the maturity of this hardwood forest.

Bird Watching, Wildlife and Habitat Observation
Wildlife viewing at Bakers Mountain Park can be quite unique from other parts of Catawba County. The mature Chestnut Oak Forest provides breeding habitats for bird species such as the Worm-eating Warbler, Summer Tanager and Blue-headed Vireo. Golden Eagles and other raptors can occasionally be seen soaring above the mountain. Mammals such as White-tailed Deer, Grey Squirrels and maybe even a Bobcat may be seen on the mountain. A variety of butterflies also call Bakers Mountain home.

LUNCH:

Directions to Red Lobster

1846 U.S. 70, Hickory, NC 28602

10.0 mi – about 16 mins

Bakers Mountain Park6680 Bakers Mountain Rd, Hickory, NC 28602

1. Head southwest on Bakers Mountain Rd toward Misty Valley Rd

About 2 mins

go 1.0 mi

total 1.0 mi

2. Turn right onto Old Shelby Rd

About 7 mins

go 4.1 mi

total 5.0 mi

3. Turn right to merge onto I-40 E toward Statesville

About 4 mins

go 4.1 mi

total 9.1 mi

4. Take exit 125 toward Hickory/​Lenoir Rhyne College

go 0.3 mi

total 9.5 mi

5. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for US-70 and merge onto Lenoir Rhyne Blvd SE

go 0.3 mi

total 9.7 mi

6. Turn left onto Conover Blvd W

Destination will be on the right