One of Missouri’s largest and most rugged state parks, the Cuivre River State Park is the best place to go if you long for the Ozarks in the northern side of the state. People often think of a predominantly agricultural landscape when talking about this part of the country, but Cuivre River is wilder and lends it an Ozarkian flavor.
Regardless if you only want to spend an afternoon or a few days, you will love the Cuivre River State Park because it is a nature lover’s paradise. Strolling through the park in spring means seeing numerous woodland wildflowers in bloom. Going to the Cuivre River State Park in the fall is also such a delight because of the prairie grass towering over your head.
There are primitive and modern campsites for people who would like to spend a few days on the premises. The nearby Lake Lincoln also offers boating, fishing, and swimming. The Cuivre River State Park has two wild areas and more than enough space for backpacking, hiking, photography and the pursuit of wildlife observation activities.
There are also equestrian trails for those who would like to practice their horse riding skills. The three natural areas on the Cuivre River State Park are known for their high-quality ecosystems. They feature diverse landscapes such as woodlands, sinkhole ponds, native prairie and a bright, rock-bottomed stream, named Big Sugar Creek.
Visitors can’t help but sing praises of the Cuivre River State Park’s natural beauty. Novice and professional photographers will enjoy taking numerous pictures of the scenery and the wildlife. Not only is the area one of the most gorgeous in the state, but it also has a pet-friendly policy.
Canines of all sizes are welcome as long as they on a leash. Scooper bags are not available, so pet parents must bring some for their use. Visitors who would like to try bird watching can download a bird checklist from the park’s website so they can tick the species they have seen on the list or add new ones which are yet on the list.