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Sam A Baker State Park, Patterson
(4.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • It's a nice place but they have no water hook ups for campers. Nice little gift store and visitor center to go see and lots of creek to get in all around the campground. If you come make it early sinc...  more »
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  • Very nice park with helpful camp hosts. My first time visiting and noticed how many options for activities there really are. We will definitely be back.
  • We camped here one night during a flood. The rangers were very diligent about getting us out before the flooding got worse. A few days later we returned for a day hike along the river. It was very boggy and flooded out, but still fun. This is a beautiful big park with lots of hiking and amenities.
  • We have camped in many state parks over the last twenty years. Sam A is definitely our favorite. Big Creek is the main reason we love going here, but that's not the only reason we give this park 5 stars. The campgrounds are well maintained, the staff is friendly, the nature programs are fun and educational, the trails are amazing, the stars are overwhelming, catfish and hush puppies at the Lodge, the deer eating in the "big field," (can you tell we love this place!!!!) We just can't say enough great things about this place. Thank you, Sam A for all the great times and great family memories. (Be sure to check out the Shut-Ins. Definitely worth the hike.)
  • Our favorite state park in Missouri! Our extended family has been making annual trips in the fall for almost 20 years. We stay in the cabins, enjoy the hiking and biking trails and trips to Big creek. We have also floated the St. Francois River that borders the park. You are away from city lights and will see an amazing amount of stars.
  • Super friendly staff. Best camp store I have seen at a state park.