Sam A Baker State Park, Patterson

#48 of 61 in Nature in Missouri
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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  • This is absolutely one of the best parts, great for camping and hiking, swimming. It maybe 10 or so miles off of highway 67, located in beautiful south-east Missouri. There are many sites to visit clo...  more »
  • We stayed in the equestrian camp ground over Labor Day weekend. The calm ground was fantastic. But the kayaking and horseback riding was awful. The hiking trail wasn't the worst. And neither where the...  more »
  • The St. Francois River and a creek both run through here. Family went swimming I think in the creek since it was relatively shallow.Where we went there was a parking lot with easy access to the river....  more »
  • 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.
  • Stunning park. A real gem in the Missouri State Park System. The hiking trails are second to none!
  • Staple park since I was... well... 10weeks old or so? One of the great parks in the Missouri system.
  • Beautiful and rugged. I love to hike, swim and picnic here!
  • Great little park. Pretty. A bit busy, but nice.

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