While many Missourians are visiting state parks this time of year to go fishing, others go purely to explore the beauty the Show-Me State holds within it. This summer, there's one waterfall-filled state park near St. Louis that's perfect not only for those who love fishing but also for anyone who enjoys hiking and swimming among waterfalls. You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to cool off beneath one of Mother Nature's many gifts.
Sam A. Baker State Park is calling your name this summer with the ancient St. Francois Mountains, the St. Francis River, and Big Creek nearby.
The scenery and landscape make it an ideal spot to visit for vacationers and locals alike.
The park is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and year-round. Their Visitor Center is only open April through October and has varying hours depending on holidays.
Canoeing, bicycling, backpacking, fishing, hiking, and more can all be done here and it leaves plenty of opportunities to try new things.
Summers are meant to be remembered, after all!
For those interested in learning more about the park, there's a Nature Center that'll teach you all about the natural and cultural history of the park.
It's in the same building as the Visitor Center, so you can't miss it.
Grab a canoe or your best-hiking boots and get outdoors for an exciting time among nature.
Camping and lodging are available nearby the park for those who are looking to make a full-blown weekend trip out of their visit to Sam A. Baker.
How could you resist heading on out for the most beautiful, waterfall-filled experience ever?
Sam A. Baker State Park
Address: MO-143, Patterson, MO
Why You Need To Go: There's never been so much greenery in one spot in Missouri!
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