A Hike in Missouri's Oldest State Park

A Hike in Sam A. Baker State Park

We hiked in Missouri’s Sam A. Baker State Park, one of the oldest in the state, established in 1926. Mudlick Mountain, a dominant peak within the park, is formed from some of the continent’s most ancient exposed rocks.
The park is stunning due to its varied nature and compelling architecture. Our hike took us through a breathtaking wilderness with shut-ins, a canyon-like gorge, and along the clear waters of Big Creek. We climbed a section of Mudlick Mountain, reached a shelter with a stunning view, and continued down to the St. Francois River. The typical 1930s structures still stood firm, showcasing the incredible craftsmanship and work of the Civilian Conservation Corps almost a century ago.


Monday, May 20, 2024


4.83 miles

Moving Time

2:05:19 hours


81 °F, sunny, gentle breeze