The Sam A. Baker State Park is a state park and recreation area in Patterson, Missouri. It is located in the Saint Francois Mountain portion of the Missouri Ozarks.
Founded in 1926, the Sam A. Baker State Park is named after the former governor Samuel Aaron Baker. Baker was a Wayne County resident and pushed the formation of the said state park in the area.
Among the top recreational opportunities at the Sam A. Baker State Park are camping and picnicking. However, due to its location, it also has access to the Big Creek and St. Francis River, allowing visitors to enjoy fishing, swimming, and canoeing at the site as well. There?s also a stone dining lodge constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps at the site, as well as several other lodging cabins and backpacking shelters. The park is also home to the 14 mile Mudlick Trail that is perfect for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. Other trails are also present and can be used for biking, skateboarding, and roller skating.