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Sam A Baker State Park, Patterson

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State Park
Sam A. Baker State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area encompassing in the Saint Francois Mountains region of the Missouri Ozarks. The state park was acquired in 1926 and is named for Missouri governor Sam Aaron Baker who encouraged the development of the park in his home county. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps added many structures to the park including the park office and visitors center, which was originally used as a stable, the stone dining lodge, most of the park's cabins, and the backpacking shelters on the Mudlick Trail.Activities and amenitiesThe park offers access to the St. Francis River and Big Creek for fishing, canoeing, and swimming. Camping: The park has 187 campsites, half of them electric and 18 rustic, plus air-conditioned cabins. A separate campground with 21 sites is available for use by equestrians.Trails: The 14mi Mudlick Trail is available for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. The Mudlick has three stone shelters available for backpackers, and views of the 4420acre Mudlick Mountain Wild Area and the 1370acre Mudlick Natural Area. There is also the 1.5mi Shut-Ins Trail, the Hollow Pass Trail, and the nearby Wappapello Section of the Ozark Trail. The park also has a 2mi paved bicycle trail open to cyclists, hikers, skateboarders, and roller skaters.
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TripAdvisor
  • My family and I love outdoor activities and are very familiar with camping and state parks, so I am willing to overlook a lot of things. I was willing to overlook the fact that our cabin was completel...  more »
  • River, great hiking trails, awesome old stone buildings, cabins, camping--this park has it all. Staff was helpful & I loved the recommended Shut-ins Trail--well worth hiking this one that takes you hi...  more »
  • We found this state park while searching online for a place to camp during my daughter's fall break. Everything looked good online and we booked our site for three nights of primitive camping. We all ...  more »
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  • Beautiful location. Nice pavilions. Great swimming holes. Nice cabins for decent prices. Lodge has great food and good service at decent prices. All around great park.
  • Staple park since I was... well... 10weeks old or so? One of the great parks in the Missouri system.
  • Great state park with several campgrounds! Don't miss floating the river.
  • Very nice and well maintained. Everyone was friendly, helpful. Love staying here.
  • Great hiking trails and nice little CCC shelters you can stay in. A good weekend or day trip. Nice for backpacking or for day hikes.