Sam A. Baker State Park

Park Information

As of Friday July 3, the Sam A. Baker State Park office and camp fee office is open for the public with recommended safety precautions and social distancing measures in place. The park office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, as staff is available. The camp fee office is open Monday (9 a.m. to 10 a.m.), Tuesday (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Wednesday (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Thursday (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), Friday (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For more information on the health and safety measures in place, visit https://mostateparks.com/response.

With the ancient St. Francois Mountains, the unspoiled natural landscape and the cool waters of the St. Francis River and Big Creek, Sam A. Baker State Park has something for everyone. 

Access to both the river and creek gives anglers the opportunity to hook many varieties of fish and canoeists the chance to float year-round. Several miles of hiking, backpacking, bicycling and equestrian trails provide glimpses of the area as the earlier settlers found it. Exhibits in the park’s nature center interpret the natural and cultural history of the park.

Visitors can spend the night in either a rustic cabin or one of two large campgrounds. For horse lovers, there is a separate equestrian camp. Shaded picnic areas are available for small and large groups.

At Sam A. Baker State Park, the possibilities are endless and the choice is all yours.

Park Hours

Park Grounds

7 a.m. - 10 p.m., daily, year-round

Park Office hours

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

Visitor Center hours

April through October (on-season)

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

November through March (off-season)

  • Closed