Sam A. Baker State Park Trail

Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources

Wayne County

News, Updates, & Warnings:
Hunting is not allowed here so this is a good place to ride during hunting seasons.

From Farmington, take Hwy 67 south to Hwy 34.  Turn west on Hwy 34 and drive until you get to Hwy 143, turn right and follow Hwy 143 into the park.  The day use area is on the left, and then to get to the campground, you continue past the day use area a little further, past the park office, on the right.  Turn right onto the gravel road by the sign, then take the first right into the campgrond.

Miles of Trails:
12 mile loop from the Day Use Trailhead.
17 miles if riding from the Campground.

Equestrian Camping:
Yes, at the campground.  Campsites are reservable.

Trail Notes:
Trail is well marked at the intersections, but has few markings along the trail.  There are some very steep, very rocky sections and there can be a lot of downfall to negotiate.  The trail on the west side of the park is less rocky and pretty flat, but still dangerous because there is a downed rusty woven wire fence next to the trail.  There are a few creek crossings, but most of them are wet weather creeks.  Use the Hollow Pass trail in the northern part of the park to bypass a hikers-only portion of the trail.  There is a witness tree next to this trail too.  There are also some fire roads through the interior of the park.  Although not maintained, at the time of this writing, equestrian use is allowed.  These roads are easier and less rocky than the actual trail, providing a good way to shorten your ride.  There is a series of very steep switchbacks on the trail in the southwestern corner.  The trail is lined with rocks here to help control erosion and to prevent short-cutting the switchback.

Other Trail Users:

Volunteers Helping With This Page:
No one at this time, available to adopt.  If interested, please contact us.

Typical Trail Photos:
Very rocky


Lots of beautiful rocks.  Lalita hiking out because Flirt was injured.


Rocks everywhere


And more rocks.  Can you see the trail?  It actually goes through this.


One of the forest roads, much more level and not rocky.


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