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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
Sometime between 1936 and 1938, the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution published “The Old Tavern; Book of Recipes,” which contained more than 700 recipes from DAR members and the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The recipes offered a unique glimpse into our food culture during the early years of the 20th century. On page 36 is a recipe for buttermilk biscuits: “Add to ½ sifter of flour, 1 scant tsp. soda, ¼ tsp salt, 2 level tsp. baking powder. Sift into mixing bowl. Cut in with fork 2 heaping tbsp. lard, 1pt. buttermilk. Turn onto floured board, knead to soft dough, Roll 3/8 inch thick. Bake in greased pan in hot oven. 30 biscuits.” You can try the recipe itself or enjoy the fine food served today at the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/park/arrow-rock-state-historic-site.