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“Cuivre River State Park” 3 of 5 stars
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Cuivre River State Park
678 State Rt. 147, Troy, MO 63379
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Troy
Type: State Parks
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Owner description: Cuivre River State Park is a bit of the Ozarks outside of the Ozarks – a nature lovers paradise just a short drive from St. Louis that is vibrant with colors three seasons of the year. The park’s renowned trails take visitors through prairies and forests of oaks and hickories. The park’s three natural areas feature sinkhole ponds and woodlands that would be more at home in southern Missouri. The park has hiking and equestrian trails, modern campsites, group camps, picnic areas and a lake so everyone can enjoy one of Missouri’s most rugged and beautiful jewels.
Hazelwood, Missouri
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“Cuivre River State Park”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

It is not a place that is fancy. The Cuivre River is also a river that contains a lot of mud, similar to the Missouri River. They do have picnic areas there. There is a Girl Scout Camp there that my three daughters camped at each year. They always enjoyed the camp.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Perfect getaway for the camper”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

If you have a big boat for a big lake or a gigantic camper and you hate narrow hilly, windy roads, even paved ones, you'll have to pass on this great park. Everyone else can skip the long drive to Mark Twain or Lake of the Ozarks, etc. and go to a perfect little getaway just an hour NW of the St Louis suburbs.

The park has three public camping areas as well as some special purpose areas. The three areas are (1) a campground with limited foliage and all of the nice hookups for RV's, (2) a large wooded campground suitable for everything from small tents to RV's and (3) a campground for horse camping. We are tent campers so we use #2.

Call and make a reservation, especially before holiday weekends. The whole place can be empty and then poof, filled with campers.

ONLY ANNOYANCE: Bring MONEY and be sure to BUY wood at the prescribed time (yes, really). You can NOT bring in and use your own wood. They're trying to protect the park from insect infestations (and probably make some money). The wood isn't cheap. If you want a camp fire, bring money, ask about when wood is available, and buy some.

The wooded campground has one entrance but splits out into three sections near the bathhouse. Bathrooms and showers are good, cleaned regularly and well kept. ONLY OTHER ANNOYANCE: There are out houses in the rustic areas near the far end of the sections and they get very little attention--but we like rustic areas. We walk to the real bathrooms most of the time, but we make sure the biffy is acceptable for mid-night emergencies. We bring bug killer, disinfectant, wipes and a broom and attack it when we first setup. Yeah, I know. You should not have to do what the park staff should be doing but life is life. If I could give a rating of 4-1/2 instead of 5 I would do it for this one reason.

There are a few playgrounds in the park including a great one at the entrance of the wooded campground. We've been to the park a number of times over the years and our kids have enjoyed playing tag there. Across the way is a small outdoor theater area. The staff put on nature exhibits and talks there. Avoid the temptation to skip them. Just go. You'll be glad you did.

It's comforting to see park staff making rounds and even an occasional police car. The staff is responsive if you have an issue. They are zealous in protecting visitors so don't blast music at 7:01 am, just because the rules say that quiet time is over. A large contingency with multiple tents found that out the hard way.

The park has a very nice lake that is great for fishing and swimming. The ramp is high quality. You can enjoy the lake with anything from a kayak to a smaller speedboat.

A swim beach consumes one finger of the lake. The beach at the end of the finger and the bottom of the swimming area are sand but it gets more gravel as you walk deeper. the entire swim area is separated from the navigable section by a long floating tube. The bottom can be muddy along the left and right banks. Kids can like that but not the grown ups. So don't enter/exit from the sides or bring water shoes. The beach is plenty deep and wide and great for sun bathing or sand castles. A wide variety of people come to the park so you don't have to be a bronze god/goddess there. There is a grassy hill on the right side of the swimming area and people tend to setup blankets and lawn chairs there. Trees there shade the afternoon sun. You'll find changing rooms but no shower facility there.

You can't bring food beyond a certain point at the beach but here are shaded picnic grounds are all over the park. The tables aren't always pristine (hey, you're out in nature) so bring a tablecloth and relax.

The park has lots of trails for hiking and also some for horses. If you're a hiker, avoid the hiking paths near the creeks after a recent rain as they will be frustratingly muddy. There are some trails that follow higher elevations and a great lookout spot.

For some reason people like to climb into one of the creeks that feeds the river to frolic. I don't get it when a nice beach is nearby but whatever.

The little city of Troy is nearby and has anything you'd need to pickup as well as a theater if you have someone in your party that can't survive nature without an occasional movie fix. (They have a great carry out Chinese place too!)

All in all, this park is a great and convenient place for a day or a week and has everything you need.

Visited August 2012
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St Louis, MO
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“A great little get away park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

There's several play grounds for the kids. Hiking and mountain biking trails. Wildlife throughout the park - we saw some deer, including a buck and some friends saw a fox.
There's a creek or river and some places to play in the water. I think there's a couple of historic buildings too. A few pavilions and camp sites.

Visited November 2012
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Wood River, Illinois
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“Nice Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Nice park for a picnic , hiking, or swimming (if you enjoy swimming in a lake--which I used to as a youngster). Also available for camping. A nice natural area where you can get away for a day or a week.

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Hawk Point, Missouri, United States
2 reviews
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“Cuivre River State Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

One thing this is the best state park i have been to. They have bathrooms at most of the places there is a beach and lake,a boat ramp,and also a information statue of all the animals you might see there and a model of the whole park.There is a beautiful view of the land from a bluff at the beginning of the state park.the beach is proberly the most popular place of the whole park you can bring children they have a bathroom and changing room they also have a big beach so it is not too hard to get a spot. They have a huge campsite that has a picnic table and a fire pit a huge bathroom with showers,clean toilets,and very clean sinks.as far as i know i don't think they have tent rentals.They also have trails that are very scenic the trails are spaced out so they are great for hikes.There are Picnic tables for family lunches and a playground nearby the campgrounds. By the way they have stairs but no elevators

Visited July 2011
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