Cuivre River State Park lends a wilder, Ozarkian flavor to the otherwise predominately agricultural landscape of northern Missouri. Although not far from St. Louis, the park is a nature lovers paradise. A stroll through the park in the spring when many woodland wildflowers are in bloom or in the fall when the prairie grasses tower over your head is an outdoor delight. Spend a few days at the park. Both primitive and modern campsites are available, and Lake Lincoln offers swimming, boating and fishing. The parks two wild areas provide hiking, backpacking, photography and wildlife observation activities. There are also equestrian trails and a campground for overnight stays. Three natural areas -- areas noted for their high-quality ecosystems -- feature native prairie, sinkhole ponds, woodlands and a clear, rock-bottomed stream. Big Sugar Creek is one of the finest undisturbed streams left in northeastern Missouri. Several trails lead through the Lincoln Hills Natural Area and its many unique natural features. Whether for a few hours or a few days, come visit one of the states largest and most rugged parks. You will find Cuivre River State Park to be an Ozarklike island in north Missouris rolling plains.
Jennifer D. on Big Sugar Creek Trail
Great little hike for our first time. Not too strenuous, but there were definitely parts that you had to work a little harder for. Found a nice little creek that had water to hang out at and rest for a bit, but most of the waterways were dry.
Did the blue loop, distance was 3.8 miles. Nothing too difficult but the trail is steeper than the Mt. Bike trails I am used too.
Blue trail was for hikers/backpackers only.
Primitive camp ground at about half way through.
Beware creek crossings (1-2) could be wet.
Pretty country, heavily wooded.
this is one of my favorite places to trailride. we live 30 minutes from Troy and we spend at least 2 weekends a month riding the trails at this park. there are a lot of interesting things to see throughout the park. and it's so peaceful. I really enjoy when we run into hikers with kids. The looks on those faces when they see the horses. It makes my heart happy and I really enjoy when they are interested enough to want to pet them.
Pretty scenery and we saw lots of birds. The lake is beautiful. No litter anywhere. Easy loop trail with some incline! Hopped over lots of fallen trees on the trail today. I love this place! I think next time I'm going to try a little more strenuous hike but this one is perfect for dogs & families going at a relaxed pace.
I hiked this trail on 4/1/16. It was an overcast weekday and I did not see anyone the entire hike. It has rained in recent days so there were some muddy spots in lower parts of the trail, other than that the trail was in great shape. There are four or five creek crossings but no big deal. This trail is very well marked with several white connection trails that allow you to extend or shorten as you desire.
This trail is restricted to equestrian and bike traffic, there is one designated campsite on this trail but you can camp anywhere along the trail as per the standard 100 feet off trail. I would recommend getting a trail map at the ranger station as there are few maps available for this trail.