Cuivre River State Park

Troy, Missouri 63379

Cuivre River State Park

Cuivre River State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In Cuivre River State Park’s 6,394 acres of rugged, Ozark-like terrain, you can explore 38 miles of trail. Along the way you’ll see clear streams, springs, bluff overlooks, glades, and patches of tall-grass prairie."

Cuivre River State Park Reviews

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10/10/2009
This weekend hike was an uxepected gem the previous day's weather was torrential rain with flash flood warnings, our four hour journey from Memphis to the park was driven in the rain but when reaching the park it had stopped. upon our arrival the camping area was full and busy so we decided to start the trail and find a spot en-route. some reviews don't live up to their writers comments but the Whispering Pines ten mile Loop was a great experience in perfect weather conditions, good camp sites and very well maintained trails truly take you through a number of differing habitats now we began to understand why this park was popular in October. There is something for everyone whether novice or experienced you will find a trail that's enjoyable and interesting we shall be returning for a winter hike here in January.
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10/10/2009
Our group consisted of seven ladies. The morning started out rather chilly turned warmed just enough to be perfect for the hike. We intended to walk the six mile portion of the Whispering Pines Loop. The first portion of the trail followed alongside Pickle Creek Some places were a little rocky. The scenery was great and as noted in SmokdDog's account, we had quite a lot of rain in the previous two days.
The trail was in excellent shape in spite of that fact and the creek was rushing more than it probably would have been. At one point the only way to continue on that portion of the trail was to cross the creek.
We did cross it several times, but this place was deeper than we cared to cross to we went to plan B,
through the woods. The leaves on the trees were really just beginning to turn. I took 140 photos along the way. (a handful are posted here. Email me if you would like the link to the whole album as well as many of my other trail outings of this summer & fall)
This is a beautiful park any time of the year. It offers several trail choices, great campsites as well as backpack camping. My parents have camped there often. I understand now why they loved going there.
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10/9/2009
Great trail. Well marked except for the very southern part of the South Loop. Great primitive campsites.
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5/28/2008
This trail is by far one of the most beautiful I have hiked in the Midwest. Throughout the trail the scenery changes and provides something new to look at all day long.

I overnighted halfway on the trail for one night.

I had one major problem on this trail. At the time of year I went--late May, the ticks were terrible. I am not afraid of ticks or bugs but this was too much to manage. I picked off at least 100 ticks from my body over 2 days. My dog was with me and he was covered with ticks -- I picked off 600+ from him (It took 12 hours). Frontline does paralyze the ticks once they bite but you still have to pick them off. The problem for me was I couldn't get enough ticks off the dog before getting in the tent so the ticks crawled on me all night long--it was a bad horror movie. I did learn that ticks like to be warm as they seemed to make a beeline (or a tickline) for my sleeping bag.

So go to this beautiful place without a dog or talk to the locals about tick season before you go.
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5/12/2007
Hiked Pickle Creek / Whispering Pines north loop on May 12, took about 6 hours with our 5-year-old. The Pickle Creek section is very wet & muddy after spring rains, slow going. We hiked counterclockwise as recommended by Steve Henry, best to slog through the mud early in the day...Saw beautiful spiderwort, ferns, and yes we even spotted a blue-tailed skink. Incredibly diverse terrain, one minute you're deep in the heart of the Ozarks, half mile later you feel like you're in the middle of a Georgia pine forest. Easy access from I-55. If you're coming from the north, don't miss Hickory Canyons Natural Area for a short jaw-dropping hike you won't soon forget.
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11/6/2006
trail marker on top of evans knob was broken off, thrown to side; could use better trail marking to get to north central campsite that extends uphill due south from whispering pine north loop trailhead-were unable to find it @ night.
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10/3/2006
This is one of the best trails around Saint Louis, MO! Make sure to get all the way to the back of this double loop! The creek in the far back is definitely the highlight of the trail!
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8/5/2006
We hiked the 6 mile loop of Whispering Pines trail. The first mile was amazing with rock formations and bluffs. I especially liked hearing the rush of the water thru the shut-ins at pickle creek. The views at the peak of the trail (which are about midway) are really spectacular. There was no water in the creek end portion which would have made some great water falls, so we'll have to go back in the fall or spring to see that. It took 6 1/2 hours for us to do the 6 mile loop. This included hiking with a 10 year old while each of us carried 15-20 lbs of gear (a trial run for an overnight backpack trip). The temp was around 93 but I seldom felt hot as most of the trail is shaded. I would recommend this trail to anyone wanting to move beyond simple park trails.

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5/21/2006
Probably near favorite missouri trail so far. There were times I could have swore I was hiking in the rockies or something...

This is the place where I'll introduce my friends and family to the joys of hiking, it has it all.
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5/7/2006
Hawn is probably THE most beautiful parks in Missouri. It has a little of everything as far as terrain goes: Ozarks mountains, Highland Pine forests, Missouri bottumlands, and plenty of waterfalls.

I enjoy hiking this park and will return again in fall or spring.
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Trail Information

Troy
Nearby City
38
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4–5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
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Dec 2018