Sam A. Baker State Park

Park Information

State park and historic site day-use areas, lodging, campgrounds, boat ramps and trails, and will continue to operate under normal off-season hours. Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff, including the closure of visitor centers, nature centers, offices and museums. The latest information from Missouri State Parks on COVID-19 can be found here. A full list of temporary closures 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

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