Visitor Center

at Sam A. Baker State Park

exterior of the nature center buildingAccessible Symbol

interpretive programs/nature center symbol

 

The nature center and visitor center are housed in a unique historic building that was constructed as a stable in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Visitors can enjoy a variety of “hands-on” exhibits that feature park wildlife, plants, geology and natural processes. Live snakes, a 150-gallon native fishes aquarium and insect collections are just a few of the favorite exhibits. A detailed 3D model of the park provides directions and orientation to trails and other park facilities.

Hours

April through October (on-season)

  • April 1 through Memorial Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Tuesday after Memorial Day through Labor Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily
  • Tuesday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday

November through March (off-season)

  • Closed

Coordinates

37.257450, -90.504067

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.


On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Thanksgiving Day; Nov. 24, 2023; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds

7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, year-round

Park Office hours

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday as staff are available, year-round

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Thanksgiving Day; Nov. 24, 2023; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Visitor Center hours

April through October (on-season)

  • April 1 through Memorial Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Tuesday after Memorial Day through Labor Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily
  • Tuesday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday

November through March (off-season)

  • Closed

Mudlick Trailhead #2 hours

Click here for more information about trails at this park.