Park Trails

at Cuivre River State Park

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