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Sam A Baker State Park, Patterson

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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. To visit Sam A Baker State Park on your trip to Patterson, use our Patterson trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • This is a really nice park. If you're careful, you can get a site that's surrounded by trees. We LOVE a nice shady site, and they have some here. Restrooms and showers were well maintained and... 
    This is a really nice park. If you're careful, you can get a site that's surrounded by trees. We LOVE a nice shady site, and they have some here. Restrooms and showers were well maintained and...  more »
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  • We didn't like Sam A. Baker State Park. We LOVED it! This is one of the most beautiful, well kept, peaceful state parks I have ever been to. The staff are all welcoming, helpful and polite. The visitors center is informational and interactive with live creatures! The water is so clear you can see all the way to the bottom! Bring goggles and you can swim with all the fun fish. The grill is delicious. Our cabin was spotless, comfortable and had everything one would need on a vacation. We can't wait to come back! A+++++++
  • Our favorite state park in Missouri! Our extended family has been making annual trips in the fall for almost 25 years. We stay in the cabins, enjoy the hiking and biking trails and trips to Big creek. We have also floated the St. Francois River that borders the park. You are away from city lights and will see an amazing amount of stars.

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