The Sam A. Baker State Park features over 5,300 acres of land located in the gorgeous Saint Francois Mountains, and is a furbulous place to take a hike, float down the river, or camp with your furry bestie.
Are you and your pup hikers? Then check out the pawtastic Mudlick Trail which stretches for 12 miles to the top of Mudlick Mountain. Shorter and less strenuous trails include the Hollow Pass Trail, Shut-Ins Trail, and the Fire Tower Trail. There's also the 2 mile paved Bicycle Trail for those who prefer wheels.
If you two are more water babies, you can fish, swim, or just wade in the clear, cool waters of the Big Creek and Saint Francois River. There's a boat launch on the river, canoe rentals, and some great spots to go on float trips. If your dog is going to join you, be sure to bring a doggy life jacket. Also get a fishing license if you are going to cast a line ahead of time.
Make it an extended adventure by camping in the park. There are two campgrounds that allow dogs at the Sam A. Baker State Park, complete with plenty of shade trees, a restroom, laundry, showers, dump stations, picnic tables and a playground for the kids. Dogs should be kept on a leash no longer than 10 feet in any of the campsites, or in a crate or kennel. Be sure not to tie them to any trees or natural features to help protect this beautiful park. There are also cabins available, some of which are also dog-friendly with additional fees. The cabins and campsites are conveniently located near the picnic area store, visitor's center and park office. While there is no fee to enter the park, there is a small fee for camping in the rural campgrounds or cabins. The Mudlick Mountain Grill is also open to feed hungry park-goers from April to October.
Always keep your dog leashed anywhere in the park, and be sure to have all the essentials for a safe and fun day out. This should include drinking water to share with your adventure pup. While some campsite areas provide clean-up bags, it's always a good idea to have them on hand throughout the park, and stoop and scoop whenever needed. Trash cans are located throughout for easy disposal.
Whether you stay for the day or weekend, your furry friend is going to love the Sam A. Baker State Park!