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Sam A Baker State Park, Patterson

#51 of 101 in Nature in Missouri
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Sam A. Baker State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area encompassing in the Saint Francois Mountains region of the Missouri Ozarks. The state park was acquired in 1926 and is named for Missouri governor Sam Aaron Baker who encouraged the development of the park in his home county. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps added many structures to the park including the park office and visitors center, which was originally used as a stable, the stone dining lodge, most of the park's cabins, and the backpacking shelters on the Mudlick Trail. Twenty-five buildings and five structures comprise the Sam A. Baker State Park Historic District, a national historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
The park offers access to the St. Francis River and Big Creek for fishing, canoeing, and swimming. Camping: The park has 187 campsites, half of them electric and 18 rustic, plus air-conditioned cabins. A separate campground with 21 sites is available for use by equestrians.Trails: The 14mi Mudlick Trail is available for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. The Mudlick has three stone shelters available for backpackers, and views of the 4420acre Mudlick Mountain Wild Area and the 1370acre Mudlick Natural Area. There is also the 1.5mi Shut-Ins Trail, the Hollow Pass Trail, and the nearby Wappapello Section of the Ozark Trail. The park also has a 2mi paved bicycle trail open to cyclists, hikers, skateboarders, and roller skaters.
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  • I have been going to Sam A Baker State Park for over 60 years. The park is peaceful if you are looking for a quiet get away. We always stay in the cabins. I will say if I was rating the park on...  more »
  • This is a beautiful park with a well kept campground. We've been going for years. But Creek is great for swimming and playing, and there are lots of outside things in the area. Just don't buy their firewood... It's always wet and impossible to burn.
  • Awesome park for families! Good clean fun. Be sure and bring your bicycle. They have a great bike path to ride on. And if you like a great nature hike and love jumping off a small bluff into the water be sure and visit what they call the shut in's.

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