Cuivre River State Park

Troy, Missouri

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Cuivre River State Park’s 6,394 acres are an anomaly to the agricultural landscape around it, featuring the ridges, hollows, gravel-bottom streams, and bluff overlooks common to the Ozarks in the southern part of the state. It’s part of the Lincoln Hills, an area that escaped the heavy glaciations of the lands around the park. Many plants and animals living here are found nowhere else in northern Missouri.
Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks

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Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks

by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)

Cuivre River State Park’s 6,394 acres are an anomaly to the agricultural landscape around it, featuring the ridges, hollows, gravel-bottom streams, and bluff overlooks common to the Ozarks in the southern part of the state.

It’s part of the Lincoln Hills, an area that escaped the heavy glaciations of the lands around the park. Many plants and animals living here are found nowhere else in northern Missouri.

©  Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Troy
Season: Apr. 15–Oct. 31, 6 a.m.–10 p.m.; Nov. 1–Apr. 14, 7 a.m.–8 p.m.
Driving Directions: Directions to Cuivre River State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

5/1/2003
0

I have hike only one trail at this park and it was the one closest to the community center. I found it rather fun, I will admit that I did find some trash. The longest trail that they have is one that I plan on hiking very soon.


8/23/2002
0

The campsites in this park are really crammed together. I did notice about 3 sites that would afford some privacy, so go early if you crave solitude. There is some lovely scenery in this park. Fisher Cave is stunning, but bring your own flashlight. The ones they provide are, well, crap. 3 out of 4 in our group had our lights go dead before we were halfway through the tour. There are several short hikes, all of which are very nice. Tons of wildlife, too, including many pesky skunks and raccoons that don''t seem to have any fear of people. The Meramec River has some nice bluffs, and if you float it, you''ll go right by Green Cave, which has the largest entrance I think in this country. It sounds more impressive than it really is, but there is a spring that runs through it, and you can go quite a ways back if you don''t mind the icy water. I recommend the hiking here, especially if you enjoy caves, but I suggest finding a different campground. I found the employees here were all very surly and seemed to be unhappy about having to deal with the public. Because of this, and because of the high amount of litter in and around the park, I''d say this is the worst state park I''ve ever been to. Which is very sad, considering it has such amazing scenery.



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