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Cuivre River State Park

Park Information

Cuivre River State Park is a bit of the Ozarks outside of the Ozarks – a nature lovers paradise just a short drive from St. Louis that is vibrant with colors three seasons of the year. The park’s renowned trails take visitors through prairies and forests of oaks and hickories. The park’s three natural areas feature sinkhole ponds and woodlands that would be more at home in southern Missouri. The park has hiking and equestrian trails, modern campsites, group camps, picnic areas and a lake so everyone can enjoy one of Missouri’s most rugged and beautiful jewels.

Park Hours

Day-use Areas
6 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily (The beach closes at 8 p.m.)

Beach hours


Visitor Center hours

Visitor Center/Park Office Hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April 15 through Oct. 31
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday
    11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun.

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • Nov. 1 through the third Friday in November
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Third Saturday in November through the third Sunday in March
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    closed Saturday and Sunday
  • Third Monday in March through April 14
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
Sometime between 1936 and 1938, the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution published “The Old Tavern; Book of Recipes,” which contained more than 700 recipes from DAR members and the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The recipes offered a unique glimpse into our food culture during the early years of the 20th century. On page 36 is a recipe for buttermilk biscuits: “Add to ½ sifter of flour, 1 scant tsp. soda, ¼ tsp salt, 2 level tsp. baking powder. Sift into mixing bowl. Cut in with fork 2 heaping tbsp. lard, 1pt. buttermilk. Turn onto floured board, knead to soft dough, Roll 3/8 inch thick. Bake in greased pan in hot oven. 30 biscuits.” You can try the recipe itself or enjoy the fine food served today at the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. For more information, visit