Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice trail, very flat with cool views. A lot of beaver activity which is cool to see!

Great beginners trail with awesome views. Perfect for older kids. Younger children are capable too, however there's bluffside terrain, use caution.

Nice views as the trail stays alongside the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

First time at this park and on this trail. I was there on a mild winter day, but the trail was so muddy that it was more strenuous than marked. It felt much longer than the 3.5 miles, but I did it in less than 2 hours.
There are very few blazes on this trail, but honestly, you can't get lost b/c you are following the exact perimeter of the lake. You see the water the entire time. I hiked it counter-clockwise, and as I entered the wooded trail after crossing the grassy levee, there was a large fallen tree exactly on the start of the trail, and that tree connected to a beaver dam. With the mud, it was difficult to even see the start of the trail and to access it. I hope they can clear that obstacle soon...I think it would be difficult for very young children or less-mobile hikers to do this trail.

First time on this trail. Interesting variety with the huge vista from the bluff overlooking the river. Nice spots to sit and look down to the river and the pasture beyond. From the wooded area, you cross a park road to reach the scenic overlook. Then, you continue on a narrow trail section along the bluff--watch your footing! I was there in very muddy conditions on the wooded part of the trail--very slippery. It's also an equestrian trail, and it was fun to see two horseback riders.

We saw 3 beaver dens and lots of beaver activity.

this is the first hike we ever took. 3 kids. good hike. some fun branches/rocks for kids. took pictures at the bluff. highly recommend!

hiking
8 months ago

This trail was not too difficult as I am a novice hiker. However, was a bit overgrown. I enjoyed this trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Very pretty trail- some stumps growing up out of the main trail, hard to see.

View at top is great. Large section of trail is along a steep drop-off, so consider it kid friendly if your child is over the age of 10. Also, 1.5 miles from the loop, not counting the roughly .6 mile connection from playground. Very manageable trail, with great path.

Fun trail. Didn't start our hike until after noon so it was challenging with the heat, but the views at the top were amazing. We took connector 2 back down to Blackhawk Point Trail (which I do not believe is listed on here). It stormed last night and this morning so the latter part was very, very muddy. We were able to spot several animal tracks, which was cool. Will definitely do this trail again!

hiking
11 months ago

enjoyable, easy hike

hiking
11 months ago

enjoyable hike with nice swim beach & kayak rental.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

Nice trail!

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

I cross the street from my house and am at this trail. I walk it almost every day! Super gorgeous during the spring time (is all yr but spring is my fave). Definitely recommend.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

love it

Sunday, April 09, 2017

If you don't have much time this is a real good short trail.

hiking
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

First time to Cuivre River State Park was a great one!! We went for the potential wildflowers but not much currently except toothwort and violas. The trail starts behind the playground. Wonderful outlook at the top to enjoy a picnic. Continue along the bluff for plenty of clear views of the Cuivre River valley. This area is accessible by car so it can be pretty crowded. Driving to the top is definitely a must to watch the sunset before the park closes. We will be back!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Good loop trail not to difficult. Good views off the bluff of the Cuivre River.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Very easy short trail - great for first timers

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Very nice hike right next to the lake - saw lots of evidence of beavers but no actual beavers! Lake was a little murky especially near the beach area but overall a beautiful hike!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nice easy hike - a lot of the area looked like it had been burned not sure if it was a controlled burn or a natural burn or maybe something else but it was a pretty good hike overall.

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Nice Trail. Little slick from the morning frost thawing outon the mud. Trails along the Bluff, be careful with pets and younger children

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Very short but very easy walk. Good ego booster for child or elderly hiker

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Nice hike. Variety of terrain. Next time I will do after a rain. Most the creeks were dry

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Perfect first trail for anyone.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Very easy, great for the kids...

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Nice fairly easy hike. We added the School House trail to it which made a longer hike. Never did see the school house foundation though. Would recommend.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pretty with lots of snakes.

hiking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

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.

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