Mountain Bike! Ozarks
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Very rigorous terrain. Expect steep climbs and portages. Beautiful scenery and foliage that is best enjoyed in the Spring and Fall. This forest is also good for primitive camping and hiking. I would suggest spending the day or camping over night to explore the entire trail and forest. It's also very private, mostly limited to a few trail riders on horseback during the day. A buddy and I rode the trail on a cool April afternoon. After the ride we put up our bikes and went for a hike. Great place for a weekend outing.
My fiancee and I took a trip to S. MO to check this ride out. If you are in the area it is ok, but don't bother driving more than an hour to get to it...(We drove about 4) I suspect there are better trails around the springfield area....It didn't seem as if many folks had been on the single track, aside from horses. Much of the steep trails on the south side of the road were washed out, downed tree's and pretty tough to ride...(impossible to climb).we did about 2 miles on the north side, which was better, but it got dark and we had to leave.....
HOWEVER....do a float trip in a canoe or raft at one of the many river outfitters in Pineville...did that on Sunday and it was a blast....
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