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Best trails in Cuivre River State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Cuivre River State Park, Missouri? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Cuivre River State Park ranging from 0.9 to 3.8 miles and from 551 to 685 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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Map of trails in Cuivre River State Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mailing address
Cuivre River State Park
678 State Route 147
Troy, MO 63379
Contact
636-528-7247
Top trails (14)
#1 - Cuivre River Trail Loop
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Clear water spring, bluff views. The trail head for Big Sugar Creek Trail is located on the west side of the park road, midway between Camp Derricotte and Camp Sherwood Forest. The trail traverses muShow more
#2 - Lincoln Lakeside Trail
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Following the enire shoreline of Lincoln Lake, is frequently used by fishermen. During the summer, a good display of wildflowers can be found between the trail and the edge of the lake. Hikers may entShow more
#3 - Big Sugar Creek Trail
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
Big Sugar Creek Trail traverses the northern part of Big Sugar Creek Wild Area and the Lincoln Hills Natural Area, crossing two small tributary valleys of Big Sugar Creek. From keyhole bluff along theShow more
#4 - Frenchmans Bluff Trail Loop
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
This popular trail begins and ends near the west side of the picnic shelter. The trail follows Geode Creek for a short distance before winding up a hill and emerging on top of Frenchman's Bluff. The 1Show more
#5 - Lone Spring Trail
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
Lone Spring Trail consists of two three mile loops, one north and one south of hwy KK. The trail is named for a perennially flowing spring the emerges in the valley at the base of a ridge. The northerShow more
#6 - Cuivre River Trail South Loop
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
Cuivre River Trail South Loop is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Troy, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options andShow more
#7 - Blackhawk Point Trail
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
From Missouri Trails website: After leaving the trailhead at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) stone shelter, Blackhawk Point Trail travels down to meet up with Cuivre River Trail before climbing Show more
#8 - Old Schoolhouse Trail
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
The Old Schoolhouse Trail receives its name from the foundation of an early 1900s one-room schoolhouse that can be seen along the trail. The loop trail provides a spectacular view of Lake Lincoln as iShow more
#9 - Turkey Hollow Trail
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 26 m
Turkey Hollow Trail begins and ends at the sugar creek valley overlook. The first part of the trail passes through aan old field before entering a nice upland forest wit many large oak trees. It then Show more
#10 - Blazing Star Trail
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
After heading through a wooded creek valley, the trail enters an open expanse of tallgrass prairie. It then alternates between wooded savanna and open prairie, until the loop returns through the creekShow more
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