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Best camping trails in Cuivre River State Park, Missouri

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Cuivre River State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Cuivre River State Park, Missouri
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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
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Lincoln Lakeside Trail
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
Note: As of August 2020, a section of this trail (beach trail) is closed off due to overgrowth. This trail cannot be completed as a loop but can be done as an out and back. 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 enter the trail at either the boat launch ramp or swimming beach. Show more
#2 - 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 120-foot-high bluff, formed in Burlington limestone, offers outstanding vistas of the Cuivre River valley. After continuing along the bluff for approximately half a mile, the trail returns to the picnic shelter.Show more
#3 - 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 much of the Big Sugar Creek Wild Area, including Sugar Bluff, a bottomland forest along Big Sugar Creek. The trail also passes through steep fern- and moss-covered hollows dissecting the watershed. The trail is open to hikers throughout, and to equestrians on the southern half. Overnight camping on the trail is permitted in designated spots for groups of seven or more, whereas smaller groups may camp anywhere at least 100 yards off the trail.Show more
#4 - 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 northern portion of Lone Springs Trail, which is open to hikers and backpacker only, loops through Northwoods Wild Area and crosses Big Sugar Creek, a designated state natural area. The southern loop of this trail is particularly nice in the spring when the dogwood and wild flowers are in bloom. Show more
#5 - 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 the southwestern portion of the trail, users can look down on a section of the gravel bottom, Ozark-like creek. The northern part of the trail goes through open woodland, which is being restored to its original character by the use of prescribed burns.Show more
#6 - Cuivre River Trail South Loop
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
#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 to the top of Frenchman’s Bluff. The trail follows Cheatham Road for 1.75 miles and then heads back into the woods toward Blackhawk Point on Frenchman’s Bluff. This point offers a remote and spectacular view of the Cuivre River valley. The trail follows Frenchman’s Bluff for about three miles, offering scenic views along the route. The trail shares tread with Cuivre River Trail and the bike trail remains on the road along areas especially close to the bluff. It returns to the Geode Creek valley and heads along a portion of Hamilton Hollow before ending at the CCC shelter. Since this trail shares tread with Cuivre River and Hamilton Hollow trails and White connector 1, a portion is blazed in green, red and white. White connectors 2 and 3 provide access to the south loop of Cuivre River Trail.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 it shares a path with Lakeside Trail. Along the way, the trail crosses several park roads, makes use of an old service road and passes through Camp Cuivre.Show more
#9 - Hamilton Hollow
Cuivre River State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 28 m
Hamilton Hallow Trail begins and ends near the stone picnic shelter, which was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A wide array of spring wildflowers and some of the largest trees in the park can be found in Hamilton Hollow.Show more