Park Trails

at Cuivre River State Park

Cuivre River Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 11.25 Miles View map

This trail is divided into the north and south loops. 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 large wet weather spring.

The south loop follows Frenchman’s Bluff for several miles, offering great views of the Cuivre River valley. The trail heads back into the Big Sugar Creek valley, eventually leading you back to your starting point. Keep an eye out for evidence of the Civilian Conservation Corps, several examples of its stone work exist along the trail as well as the quarries where stone was collected.

White connectors 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 offer more than four miles of additional trail. With these, the entire system offers 15.5 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

Equestrians generally access from connectors 4 and 5 from the south loop; Hikers access from across 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 Equestrian camping and day-use area (equestrians)