Is your pup itching to get out in Mother Nature? Then it’s time for a trip to Cuivre River State Park. Located in Northern Missouri’s Lincoln Hills, this massive park is a pawfect combination of woodlands, prairies, and savannas. Sugar Creek, Cuivre River, and Lake Lincoln add to the park’s beauty. Needless to say, your doggo’s going to love it here!
With a dozen trails to choose from, Cuivre River State
Park is a hiker’s haven. Your pup won’t know where to begin! If they want to
start out small, Mossy Hill is a great option. This loop is less than a mile
and it wanders through a moss and lichen covered woodland. The two mile Blazing
Star Trail really showcases the park’s diverse ecosystems. Hit this trail in
late summer or fall to see the tall prairie grass in its full glory. At 11.25
miles, Cuivre River Trail is by far the longest hike in the park. It contains two
loops, so if your pooch tuckers out they don’t have to go the entire distance.
Besides great trails, the park has a furrific campground
with sites for RVs, tents, and equestrian camping. Lake Lincoln is a great spot for boating, fishing, or swimming.
But please note that pets are not allowed on the beaches or designated swimming
areas. The onsite picnic facilities can
handle small paw-ties or large groups. So bring a sandwich and stick around for
lunch. Just don’t forget to pack some biscuits for your pooch.
While you are out and about in the park, carry a
clean up bag and stoop and scoop when necessary. Always have plenty of water on
hand and let your pup paws for drink breaks. For a puptacular day of fun in the
sun, head on over to Cuivre River State Park!