Park Trails

at Cuivre River State Park

Big Sugar Creek Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking

Length: 3.75 Miles View map

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. White Connector 6 is available to provide access to Lone Spring Trail. This is a moderately strenuous trail.

You may experience:

  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail           
  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.75 Miles 2 hours, 50 minutes Loop Blue

West side of the park road, midway between Camp Derricotte and Camp Sherwood Forest

Blackhawk Point Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 5.75 Miles View map

Blackhawk Point Trail begins at the Civilian Conservation Corps stone shelter and runs down to the Geode Creek valley before climbing up to the top of Frenchman’s Bluff.  The trail follows Cheatham Rd for 1.75 miles and then heads back into the woods towards Blackhawk Point on Frenchman’s Bluff. This point offers a remote and spectacular view of the Cuivre River valley. The trail follows along Frenchman’s Bluff for about three miles, offering scenic views along the entire route. It then returns to the Geode Creek valley and runs through a portion of Hamilton Hollow before returning to the shelter. Portions of this trail are open to equestrian use. Mountain bikers should yield the right of way to horses and hikers.

This trail follows a route which consists of portions of several existing trails. Please pay attention to the yellow blazes that identify this trail. Mountain Bikes are only allowed on this section of trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail           
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Road/highway crossing
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
5.75 Miles 5 hours, 45 minutes Loop Yellow At the Civilian Conservation Corps stone shelter parking area just beyond the playground

Blazing Star Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 2 Miles View map

Blazing Star Trail begins on the southern side of Sac Prairie, near where Prairie Trail starts. After crossing 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 creek valley and back up to the parking lot. Note: A separate trail entrance connects the trail loop to the campground. Summer and fall are the best times to see many of the wildflowers, while the tall prairie grasses reach their peak during the late summer and fall. Occasionally, the trail may be closed for a prescribed burn, which preserves the prairie, savanna and woodland ecosystems.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail           
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2 Miles 1 hour, 30 minutes Loop Orange (1. Southern side of Sac Prairie between Mossy Hill Road and Camp Sherwood Forest; (2. At the back side of the sewer/electric/water loop of the campground

Cuivre River Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 11.25 Miles View map

Cuivre River Trail is divided into two loops, the North Loop and the South Loop. 

The North Loop consists of a portion of the formerly named Big Sugar Creek Trail that was open to horseback riding. This section has been renamed, but is still open for equestrian use. This loop traverses much of the Big Sugar Creek Wild Area, where you will encounter Sugar Bluff, bottomland forests and a wet weather spring.

The South Loop follows along Frenchman’s Bluff for several miles offering great views of the Cuivre River valley. Then, the trail heads back into the Big Sugar Creek valley and runs alongside the creek, eventually leading users back to their starting point. Keep an eye out for evidence of the Civilian Conservation Corps; several examples of their fine stone work exist along the trails as well as the quarries where they collected stone for their buildings. White Connectors 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 offer more than four miles of additional trail to enhance ones experience. With these, the entire system offers more than 15 miles of multi-use trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail           
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Road/highway crossing
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4 Miles 4 hours Loop Orange (1. For equestrian users only: At the equestrian campground/day-use area; (2. For hikers and backpackers only: Across from Park Road, midway between Camp Sherwood Forest and Camp Derricotte
South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
7.25 Miles 7 hours, 15 minutes Loop Red (1. For equestrian users only: At the equestrian campground/day-use area; (2. For hikers and backpackers only: Across from Park Road, midway between Camp Sherwood Forest and Camp Derricotte

Frenchman's Bluff Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.5 Miles View map

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. This trail is relatively easy to hike, but extreme care should be taken when on top of the bluff as the loose gravel can make the footing unsure. The trail is marked in a counterclockwise direction.  Portions of this trail are shared with Cuivre River Trail and are open to equestrian use.  

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail           
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
  • Road/highway crossing
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.5 Miles 1 hour, 30 minutes Loop Blue Near the west side of the Civilian Conservation Corps stone shelter parking area just beyond the playground

Hamilton Hollow Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .90 Mile View map

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. The northern part of this trail is shared with Cuivre River Trail, on which equestrian use is allowed; the remaining sections of Hamilton Hallow trail are closed to horse traffic.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail           
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.90 Mile 40 minutes Loop Green Behind the Civilian Conservation Corps stone shelter just beyond the playground

Lakeside Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 3.5 Miles View map

Following the entire shoreline of Lincoln Lake, Lakeside Trail is frequently used by fishermen, as well as by hikers. During the summer, a good display of wildflowers can be found along the trail, especially the western and northeastern portions. Hikers may also witness the work of beavers and, if they are lucky, catch a glimpse of one swimming in the lake. Hikers may enter the trail at either the boat launch, the swimming area or by the steps from the campground. Lakeside Trail is easy to follow and hike. A connecting spur from the Lake Shelter also allows access to this trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail           
  • Wood or stone steps
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
  • Occasional water over trail
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.5 Miles 2 hours, 40 minutes Loop Green (1. At the boat launch area; (2. At the swimming beach parking area

Lone Spring Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking

Length: 4.75 Miles View map

Lone Spring Trail consists of sections on the north and the south of Hwy KK. The trail is named for a perennially flowing spring that emerges in the valley at the base of a ridge.  It loops through Northwood’s Wild Area and crosses Big Sugar Creek, a designated state natural area. The southwestern part of the trail goes through a more open woodland that is being restored to its original condition by the use of prescribed burns.This moderately strenuous trail is marked in a clockwise direction. Trail parking is provided along Highway KK. White Connector 7 is available to shorten one’s trip. A connecting spur to the north allows the option to hike to Shady 80 Lake, and White Connector 6 to the south provides access to Big Sugar Creek Trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Road/highway crossing
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4.75 Miles 3 hours, 30 minutes Loop Yellow At the parking area located near the intersection of Hwy. KK and Lincoln Hills Road

Mossy Hill Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .80 Mile View map

Mossy Hill Trail has the same entrance and exit, and then splits to provide a half-mile loop. After following a wooded valley, the trail crosses Mossy Hill, an open woodland with luxuriant growths of mosses and lichen and several unique wildflowers. Mossy Hill Trail is an easy hiking trail and is signed in a clockwise direction.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.80 Mile 35 minutes Loop Red In the campground on the back side of the sewer/electric/water loop of the campground

Prairie Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .30 Mile View map

Prairie Trail is an easy hiking trail winding through the Sac Prairie. Sac Prairie is only a small remnant, but this special area will give hikers a glimpse of the vast prairies that once covered more than a third of Missouri in presettlement times. A bulletin board at the trail entrance will provide hikers with more information about the prairie and preservation efforts.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.30 Mile 15 minutes Loop Brown Between Mossy Hill Road and Camp Sherwood Forest at the Blazing Stare Trail parking area.

Turkey Hollow Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .80 Mile View map

The first part of Turkey Hollow Trail passes through an old field before entering woodlands with many large oak trees. It then crosses a bridge over a small valley and loops around the point of a ridge before heading back toward the entrance. Turkey Hollow Trail is named for the wild turkeys that have frequently been seen in the area.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.80 Mile 35 minutes Loop Black At the parking area between the visitor center and Lake Shelter on Lincoln Hills Road

Old Schoolhouse Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 3.85 Miles

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, which is suitable for mountain biking, 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. 

Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.85 Miles 2 hours, 55 minutes Loop Red On Hardy Road between Highway 147 and Walker Road