Sam A. Baker State Park

Park Information

Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff. We ask our visitors to view our Park Hours to confirm operating hours. A full list of temporary closures can be found here. The latest information from Missouri State Parks on COVID-19 can be found here.

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

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

As of Saturday, April 3, 2021, the visitor center will reopen at Sam A. Baker State Park and will be open on weekends. The visitor center will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for cleaning). For more information on the health and safety measures in place, visit https://mostateparks.com/response.

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

Mudlick Trailhead #2 hours

Click here for more information about trails at this park.

Address

5580 State Hwy. 143
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