Big Sugar Creek State Park

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Big Sugar Creek State Park

The Basics

Big Sugar Creek State Park
c/o Roaring River State Park
East of Pineville, MO in McDonald County

Phone: (417) 847-2539

Directions: From Pineville: Take route W to 8th street, then continue 5 miles east along Big Sugar Creek Road.

About Big Sugar Creek

From the clear-flowing waters of Big Sugar Creek, to the heavily forested hillsides surrounding the creek, this park offers scenery and solitude as it preserves a portion of the Elk River watershed.

The Elk River watershed, which includes Big Sugar Creek and the State Park, is part of the Arkansas River basin that extendes into southern Missouri. This area of the state has a unique natural history, consisting of many plant and animals that are not as common or even non-existant in other parts of the state. Some are more prone to the plains of southern Missouri, like the armadillo. Others, including the Ozark Chinquapin oak tree, are usually found in higher elevations atop the Ozarks plateaus.

Because of these and other unique natural features, over 1,600 acres of the 2,082 acre park is designated the Elk River Breaks Natural Area. A three mile loop trail, the Ozark Chinquapin Trail, winds through the natural area, following a small stream bed below the hills before climbing up into them, revealing woodlands and glades.

Still in its development stage, Big Sugar Creek State Park has plans for future developments, including a day use area, camping, and a canoe launch.

Features & Facilities

Elk River Breaks Natural Area | Restroom

Activities Available

Hiking Trail

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