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.

Needs better signage for hiking trails but overall the park was nice

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14 days ago

Trail was ok - nothing too exciting - signage was terrible - sometimes it was very hard to figure out which way to go but it was nice being out in the woods with no one else around.

hiking
14 days ago

Hit this trail after taking the yellow blazed trail down from the shelters - would have been nice to have better signage to tell you which way to go when the trail forked on the Mudlick trail but there were just yellow arrow signs pointing in both directions - so based on information from a hiker I saw earlier I was able to choose correctly and headed left up to this area and was rewarded with this cool fire tower. Once completed I headed back down the Yellow Mudlick trail to the fork in the trail where I continued on. I could have continued in the fire tower trail but it was just a gravel road and I wanted to hike in the woods.

hiking
14 days ago

Trail starts behind the lodge and heads down near the water. It then heads up the hill in a pretty strenuous hike to the three shelters - it then connects up to the Mudlick trail. Signage is poor throughout the park - this is why I didn’t rate it a 5 star

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2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty decent trail. We did the Orange trail to the campsite by the creek and back. Some areas of the trail was overgrown, awesome views from the 1st shelter.

hiking
4 months 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

6 months ago

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Very pretty after a rain. Several water falls.

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9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

gorgeous area. be sure to go through Mudlick Hollow.

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

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