With the ancient St. Francois Mountains, the unspoiled natural landscape and the cool waters of the St. Francois River and Big Creek, Sam A. Baker State Park has something for everyone. Whether getting away for a day of relaxation or spending considerably more time exploring the region, it's certainly worth the trip. A boat launch offers access to the river, and anglers hook bluegill, bass, crappie, sunfish, goggle eye and catfish in the river and creek. Canoeists float the Big Creek in spring and early summer, while the river is a good float year-round. Several miles of hiking, backpacking and equestrian trails provide glimpses of the area as the early settlers found it. To explore the natural and cultural history of the park, visit the park's visitor/nature center. Visitors can spend the night in either the rustic cabins or one of two large campgrounds featuring modern restrooms, hot showers, dumping station and laundry facilities. For horse lovers, a separate equestrian camp is provided. The shaded picnic area is equipped with a playground, covered shelters and picnic tables. If guests prefer to eat indoors, the dining lodge overlooking Big Creek features excellent country cooking. At Sam A. Baker State Park, the possibilities are endless and the choice is all yours.

hiking
10 days ago

Greatly enjoyed hiking this trail. My dog and I both had a moderate workout, lots of rocky areas, and some downed trees after storm. Have come back 3 more times since.

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5 months ago

Very pretty after a rain. Several water falls.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent trail! Lots of diverse scenery. Saw quite a few natural waterfalls before getting to the shut-ins. Would highly recommend!

6 months ago

gorgeous area. be sure to go through Mudlick Hollow.

gorgeous area. be sure to go down Mudlick Hollow on the orange trail

on Shut-in Trail

6 months ago

Beautiful little hike !!!

backpacking
6 months ago

6 months ago

I lived here for awhile and loved this trail. My kids really enjoyed the nature.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! This place has it all. Great trails for both hiking and horseback. Stayed in one of the hiking shelters that had a fireplace and offered amazing views of the valley and river. Well worth the trip and time. Trails definitely live up to their rating as "rugged" and there are many elevation changes which add that extra challenge for serious hikers. Will be going back to complete the entire 16 mile loop.

hiking
10 months ago

The view at the top was great. And the access to the creek at the bottom was fun. I don't think the claim to "shut-ins" is legit. They were a disappointment. Once we got to the shelter, we took the Mudlick Trail back to the lodge.

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016