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Motorcycle poker run and tour planned September 7-9

 Experience the rolling St. Francois Mountains while rolling down the highway during the Bikers at Baker event Sept.7-9 at Sam A. Baker State Park in Wayne County. The first Missouri State Parks motorcycle poker run and tour will feature a weekend of fun, food and music and a chance to see some of Missouri’s most scenic state parks and historic sites.

Sponsored by Missouri State Parks and the Conservation Federation of Missouri, the weekend event will begin Friday evening with a bonfire gathering to meet fellow riders. Saturday will feature a poker run to some of the area’s most scenic and dramatic state parks, including Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park and Elephant Rocks State Park. Prizes will be awarded for winning hands after the 100-mile route.  

Saturday evening will feature a barbecue, bluegrass band and a chance to compare experiences from the day. Following breakfast and wrap-up on Sunday morning, there will be time to explore the area and see what makes Sam A. Baker State Park one of Missouri’s premier state parks.

“There’s so many awesome things to see in this part of the state and seeing them from a motorcycle can only make them more dramatic. We’re excited to offer this new experience to our friends on motorcycles,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  

A registration fee of $50 covers the poker run, Friday evening reception, Saturday evening barbecue, Sunday breakfast and a special Bikers at Baker t-shirt. Registration deadline is July 31. Participants are responsible for making their own camping and lodging reservations. Sam A. Baker State Park offers a full-service campground with both basic and electric campsites as well as rustic cabins.

To make camping reservations, call 877-422-6766 (877-ICampMO) or visit To make lodging reservations, call 573-856-4223. When making a reservation, be sure to mention you are participating in the Bikers at Baker event.

Sam A. Baker State Park is located north of Patterson on Highway 143 in Wayne County. For more information on Sam A. Baker State Park or the Bikers at Baker event, go to or call Missouri State Parks at 800-334-6946. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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