Sam A Baker State Park
Sam A Baker State Park
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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 store are also features of this scenic park.
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a gen
Saint Louis, MO11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
We stayed there for four days in late September in one of their oldest cabins. We"'ve stayed at other Missouri state parks and the cabins are rustic, of course, but these were ridiculous. The kitchen was smaller than most powder rooms in people's houses. Refrigerator was not even full-sized. And for the first time at any state park water pressure in the bathrooms was extremely poor. But the worst thing was that the cabins were filthy. We called and asked for them to bring us a mop so that we could mop the floor and we were told that they would have someone do it. Well someone came and she had one of the mops that is just a dust mop that has the terry cloth on it and just Spritz water on the floor and did that over it. I asked you if we couldn't just have a regular mop and we would clean it ourselves and she said they only had those on their cleaning crews. So we went to the store and bought a mop ourselves and mopped the floor. The pictures I am enclosing are the first time I mopped it, and then the second time I mopped it. 2 days later we were sitting outside eating our lunch and the cleaning crew came to the cabin that was next to ours, and the only mop they had with them was the terry cloth mop that they'd used on our floor. Those are fine for floors that get mopped daily and just get lightly dirty but certainly not for people tramping in the woods and the dirt. This is totally unacceptable. So since the floors were so dirty we decided to just clean everything else while we were at it so the first couple hours of our trip there was cleaning. We will not be back.
Written 12 October 2020
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patty b
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
If I could separate the park from the cabins for rating purposes, I would give the park 4 or 5 stars, but accommodations receive no higher than 2 stars at best. We spent two nights in Cabin 10, and despite it being "updated" it was a very mediocre experience. The unit smelled moldy, the kitchen is tiny and lacks a dishwasher, paper towels, napkins, tin foil or saran wrap. Dishes must be washed by hand by the previous guest, so their cleanliness is hit or miss. We had to wash our dishes/pots/pans before use because they weren't clean enough for our comfort level,

Hot water runs out very quickly in the shower, and the bathroom lacks basic supplies like a hairdryer, shampoo, etc. There is no WIFI in the rooms, which is contrary to their own brochure/map. At $140/night, we expected better experience.

Rumor has it that a new concessionaire will be taking over the cabins/grill/store so hopefully they will spend some money and make much needed improvements.
Written 18 May 2021
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Vanessa J
Rochester, MN84 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
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 there was dust everywhere, the floor needed a good scrubbing, the can opener didn't work, there was leaf debris in my bed sheets, the bathroom sink was nearly plugged up, the kitchen sink plug didn't work properly making dish washing interesting, and that there was no wi-fi. I simply swept really well, picked up all the dead spiders, (Hey I found someone's missing earring!), and ignored everything else. We had a fun hike up the Fire Tower trail and enjoyed some peaceful time around the campfire. Our vacation was cut short due to my worries about an upcoming storm. The news station said lots of rain, hail, damaging winds, and possible tornadoes. We are very familiar with this type of weather, however the state park doesn't have the amenities that made me feel safe with my young children, ages 1 and 3. Plus, the area had already gotten a lot of rain and I was worried about flooding. Of course, you can't talk to anyone until 10:00 am (when their store opens) and when asked if I'd be able to recuperate the extra paid day, we were met with an apathetic "they're saying it's not really going to be that bad and we haven't evacuated yet". Awesome. Mind you, of the approximately five other families there, most were packing up due to the storm, including the campsite host family. This made me feel uncomfortable, considering we live nine hours away.

Overall, this state park seemed unorganized (which could be due to staying during off-season and the fact that they are working on several projects throughout the park). The scenery was beautiful and we enjoyed hiking, but I was seriously unhappy with the way they handled my concerns with the storm.
Written 27 April 2017
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herbgunn
Grosse Pointe, MI80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
Nice camping park. Great for kids with bikes. St Francis River was a bit meandering and slow at mid-summer, but 200 yards upstream from the highway 34 bridge, we were visited by a beautiful Bald Eagle. He sat in a tree overlooking a bend in the river for nearly 40 minutes before we had to leave first. Amazing !

Missouri runs very nice State Parks....... Albeit, with lots of RVs. If tent camping, campground 1 and sites between 80-94 are on the bike trail and away from the RV traffic. I'd settle in there.....
Written 22 July 2014
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perennials2003
West Lafayette, IN91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
The St. Francois River and a creek both run through here. Family went swimming I think in the creek since it was relatively shallow.Where we went there was a parking lot with easy access to the river. The only problem was the rocks and if you forget yours (or don't have any) they sell wading shoes at the park store. The park store also has a lot of souvenirs and supplies you can buy for the river. The scenery is very pretty. there were shelters to picnic in.
Written 4 August 2017
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Travelinforme
Jonesboro, AR374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
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 small but efficient. We loved the shut in trail--be sure and go right where it says swim area to stay on trail--other direction is straight up a mountain for experienced hikers only. We didnt get to float due to trees in river but beautiful and peaceful! Store had items like eggs and bacon for breakfast which was handy. Be sure and visit Elephant Rocks and Johnson Shut Ins within an hour of this park.
Written 5 May 2016
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Vanessa C
Holcomb, MO50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 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 a lot of fun. Campsites and other amenities like hikers' shelters make this absolutely wonderful.
Written 14 December 2015
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annejrn
Saint Louis, MO3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
My parents and grandparents have been going to Sam A Baker since before I was born, and I am 50. Since 1994, we have had our family reunion there every other summer, renting all of the cabins. We have so many great memories, and there are so many activities to do, regardless of your age or capabilities. We rent the big pavilion on Friday and Sat nights for our meals, and sometimes have the restaurant cater it. I could not imagine going any place else, and some of us come in a day or two early just to have that extra time. Our family comes in from all over the country, and even though it is a long drive, we couldn't imagine going anywhere else! Jodie and Mike are great hosts.
Written 24 December 2014
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Momof4girlys
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and i travel with 4 girls and a larger camper. We booked 7 nights at this park, and did not want to leave. Crystal clear water, beautiful clean park, and great store area close to campgrounds. FAVORITE campground for the whole family....during the day. Nighttime is a different story, we could not sit by the campfire or even be outside. The entire park is swarmed with skunks once dusk hits. We don,t mind nature at all, obviously. However, the skunks sprayed people, tents, dogs, every night. The skunk smell was so overwhelming, you could not even open camper windows. Bad, Bad, Bad skunk problem. We all would still go back, but missed the nighttime activities we enjoy at other parks and campgrounds.
Written 31 March 2013
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Jessica F
Granite City, Illinois15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
Where do I begin with this place. I love it! I have been going to Sam A. regularly since I was born so about 30 years (now I bring my kids) and my whole family has been going much longer. It is hard to not love this park!! It is beautiful and clean and well taken care of. Wether you want to do the long mudlick hiking trail to mulick hollow, fish, float, or swim in the clean clear water you will not be disappointed! Absolutley beautiful! I have tent camped mostly but also stay in the smallest to the biggest cabins. They have everything you would need or could expect out of a cabin. If you forget something you can get just about anything at the little on site store. As someone else mentioned bring your water shoes and a love for the outdoors and that's all you will need for a good time
Written 25 July 2012
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