We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sam A Baker State Park

Route 1, Patterson, MO 63956
+1 573-856-4411
Review Highlights
Just OK

My family and I love outdoor activities and are very familiar with camping and state parks, so I am... read more

Reviewed April 27, 2017
Vanessa B
Rochester, Minnesota
A Favorite State Park

River, great hiking trails, awesome old stone buildings, cabins, camping--this park has it all... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2016
Union, Missouri
Read all 32 reviews
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
It only takes a few minutes to fall in love with Sam A. Baker State Park. The cool waters of the St. Francois River and Big Creek frame a wooded setting with trails that range from easy to challenging. Ancient mountains, towering trees, and fresh air are hallmarks of the park. Rustic cabins, a campground, a separate campground for equestrians, and a lodge with good country cookin’ round out the Sam A. Baker experience.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“camp store” (6 reviews)
“fire tower” (3 reviews)
“shut ins” (6 reviews)
Route 1, Patterson, MO 63956
+1 573-856-4411
Write a Review
Reviews (32)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 32 reviews

Reviewed April 27, 2017

My family and I love outdoor activities and are very familiar with camping and state parks, so I am willing to overlook a lot of things. I was willing to overlook the fact that our cabin was completely wet and muddy in the front, that...More

3  Thank Vanessa B
Reviewed November 2, 2016

River, great hiking trails, awesome old stone buildings, cabins, camping--this park has it all. Staff was helpful & I loved the recommended Shut-ins Trail--well worth hiking this one that takes you high on a bluff for an incredible view.

2  Thank kaw07
Reviewed October 20, 2016

We found this state park while searching online for a place to camp during my daughter's fall break. Everything looked good online and we booked our site for three nights of primitive camping. We all agreed that the park was awesome, especially for fall camping....More

2  Thank RockSteam
Reviewed August 30, 2016

It's a nice place but they have no water hook ups for campers. Nice little gift store and visitor center to go see and lots of creek to get in all around the campground. If you come make it early since the campers are backed...More

Thank BJHAdvanceMo_
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Perfect place to camp with family and friends. Clean & well maintained with lots to do. Kayaking, hiking, etc. One of our favorite MO State Parks.

1  Thank tracys925
Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Sam Baker is a great park. There is a great bike trail. Big Creek has a spot for toddlers to play in the water, go up a little and teens can go swimming. In the past we have tent camped where you can get electricity...More

1  Thank kathymerrell
Reviewed June 18, 2016

My family (2 adults, 2 young children) decided to give camping a whirl and we booked an electric site at Sam A. Baker after a bit of research. If you're new to camping in the summer, here's a tip: book in advance! I had no...More

2  Thank brightestblue
Reviewed May 6, 2016

The scenery around Sam A. Baker State Park is absolutely breathtaking! They have beautiful rolling hills and pristine valleys on highway 143, (which is the park road), that are so pretty, you must stop often to see and enjoy it all. Very well maintained areas...More

Thank Butterflydays
Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

We had a cabin here rented and thank you for having dog friendly cabins! We were supp to have grandkids w us but they didnt get to come and it would have been very tight if 7 of us had been in the cabin--rooms are...More

2  Thank ritarealtor
Reviewed December 14, 2015

Being new to the area, I thought Missouri was all plains with mountains in a distant place. But wow was I wrong! Just an hour or so away was a rigorous hike up a picturesque mountainside. The fire tower trail was rocky and strenuous and...More

3  Thank Vanessa C
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Park Road Bar & Grill
18 reviews
1.10 miles away
Robbi's Zephyr Cafe
16 reviews
11.13 miles away
Durso Hills Winery and Bistro
15 reviews
23.08 miles away
Thee Abbey Kitchen
104 reviews
24.78 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Lake Wappapello
19 reviews
18.58 miles away
Marquand Historic Park
5 reviews
23.09 miles away
Arcadia Valley
28 reviews
24.37 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
how safe is the swimming area my granddaughter is taking 2 small children 4 and 5 yo is there a safe area for these small children to be in the water, my granddaughter will be at their side, but still concern about how deep water is, safety, currant of water
July 9, 2016|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from ritarealtor | Reviewed this property |
There are some areas usually where water is shallow and calm that they can play but like others said check with ranger--he will know for sure