Mountain Bike! Ozarks
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
© Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Depending on where you’re from, this particular trail remains closer to 4.0-4.8 stars but we'll round to 5.0
for alternative availability & proximity sake.
Fellow Springfield'ers should indeed remain pleased. They're lucky to have obtained such an adequate ride
within such ideal reach. If more comparable quality also existed along the outskirts of town; if weather
indigenous to this geographic locale, especially freezing winters, soupy – swampy downright clammy summer
downpours & consequently sometimes muddy, non ride-able, steam room like, lung-collapsing conditions let
up a bit more often & if elevation differentiation remained closer to a 2000' or so mark instead of
a mere couple hundred feet or so, this could almost be termed a weekend warriors paradise.
Since the park is actually closed from 9pm to 5am throughout summer months, unfortunately a legal potential
doesn’t exist for night riders looking to avoid oftentimes-sweltering summer humidity. It would
definitely see more liveliness if this lame rule could change.
As is oftentimes true for many MTB trails, a bit more actual use or more continuity in the weed abatement
measures department would fare nicely as several of these species overgrow fast in this ideal muggy
environment & just plain itch long after the initial trail whacking. Even so, throughout the duration of my
stay, I’ll ride this area many more times.
Throughout the drier months, this particular trail, even with its potential for subsequent insect bites,
native species allergic reaction (LoL), sometimes muddy conditions & potential for light to moderate heat stroke,
still remains well worth potentially longer distances required to traverse a commute. Come check the
place out. Weather permitting; you’ll be glad you did. Just properly hydrate your system
By the way, for a post-ride cool down alternative, don't forget your fishing gear.
This was my second ride here, and it's a great place to ride, being so close to SGF. Both times, it wasn't crowded and it had a good variety to ride on. The outer perimeter trail is a great longer loop, ridden both ways, especially clockwise. I havn't ridden the inner trails, but they look like great spurs. The one thing to watch out for, is in the summer if it's dry like it was, is that some of the hills can get pretty loose. I ate it pretty good and had to go home for hand repairs, due to sliding down a hill. All in all, very fun! I'm happy to donate my blood to the trails anyday.
This trail was very challeging. However, the trails are not marked. We spent over two hours trying to find our way out of the woods, running out of water and becoming very dehydrated. It is suggested that riders bring a GPS or a compuse and map before attempting to ride this trail.
I have raced all over Missouri and this trail is in the top 3! It is great for all skill levels.
I live over three hundred miles from this trail and was told of it by a bike shop in Springfield while I was passing thru. It is by far the best trail I have ridden. I wish I lived in Springfield as this trail is heads above everything I've tried closer to home.
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