Heavily forested hillsides, clear-flowing streams and solitude are all features to be found within Big Sugar Creek State Park. Nestled deep within southwest Missouri, Big Sugar Creek State Park preserves a portion of the Elk River Section of Missouri’s Ozarks.

This area of the state has a distinct natural history, featuring many plants and animals that are less common or absent in other areas of Missouri. Some typify the southern plains, including armadillos, while others, like the Ozark chinquapin tree, are restricted to the Ozark highlands. The Elk River watershed, which includes Big Sugar Creek, is a portion of the Arkansas River Basin that extends into Missouri. It brings with it a unique fish population, including the Neosho orangethroat darter.

Because of the park’s natural significance, 1,613 of its 2,082 acres have been designated as the Elk River Breaks Natural Area. Ozark Chinquapin Trail, a three-mile loop trail through the natural area, follows a small bedrock stream, between towering hills, before heading up into the upland woodlands and glades.

Big Sugar Creek State Park is still in the development stage. Future amenities planned include a day-use area, a special-use camping area that will be available for use by organized youth groups and a canoe launch.


Big Sugar Creek State Park Missouri
6727 Big Sugar Creek Rd, Pineville, MO 64856, United States



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Missouri’s state parks are free to attend; there is no entrance fee.

Campground reservations vary, please check here for the latest camping fees.


Contact Details

Phone: (417) 847-2539

Official Website: Big Sugar Creek State Park Missouri


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Big Sugar Creek State Park Missouri:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


Big Sugar Creek State Park is a must-visit state park in Missouri. Check out other state parks in Missouri here.

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