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Sam A. Baker State Park

Park Information

It only takes a few minutes to fall in love with Sam A. Baker State Park. The cool waters of the St. Francois River and Big Creek frame a wooded setting with trails that range from easy to challenging. Ancient mountains, towering trees, and fresh air are hallmarks of the park. Rustic cabins, a campground, a separate campground for equestrians, and a lodge with good country cookin’ round out the Sam A. Baker experience.

Park Hours

Park Grounds

7 a.m. - 10 p.m. , year-round

Park Office hours

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

Visitor Center hours

Visitor and Nature Center

  • April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • Tuesday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • November through March
    Closed

Camp Fee Office

  • April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • Tuesday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily
  • November through March
    Closed
    NOTE: Camping fees are collected at the campsite by park staff.

Address

Rt. 1 Box 18150
Patterson, MO 63956-9729

Phone numbers

  • Park Office: (573) 856-4411
  • Lodging/Store: (573) 856-4223
  • Dining: (573) 856-4224
  • Nature Center: (573) 856-4514
  • Camp Fee Office: (573) 856-4424
Name that Trail: This 2.25 mile trail is designated for hikers and mountain bikers. It winds its way through woods and old fields and along small intermittent streams. Maples and sycamore trees grace the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek, which is crossed twice. At the eastern crossing, a 100-foot bridge provides a dry crossing. The western crossing lacks a bridge a may require minor wadding. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.