Council Bluffs Trail

Potosi, Missouri

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This trail is a beautiful 12.5-mile loop that follows the shoreline of Council Bluffs Lake on the Big River. Most of this scenic trail is single-track, with one mile on an old logging road and a half-mile on a gravel road near the swimming beach. While it doesn't require much climbing, much of the single-track is technical, passing over lots of rocky terrain that will test your bike handling skills. Novices probably shouldn't try it, unless they don't mind walking their bikes through the tough spots. This trail is located 20 miles southwest of Potosi.
Mountain Bike! Ozarks

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Mountain Bike! Ozarks

by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)

This trail is a beautiful 12.5-mile loop that follows the shoreline of Council Bluffs Lake on the Big River. Most of this scenic trail is single-track, with one mile on an old logging road and a half-mile on a gravel road near the swimming beach.

While it doesn't require much climbing, much of the single-track is technical, passing over lots of rocky terrain that will test your bike handling skills. Novices probably shouldn't try it, unless they don't mind walking their bikes through the tough spots. This trail is located 20 miles southwest of Potosi.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Potosi
Distance: 12.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: While spring and fall are the best seasons to ride at Council Bluffs, you can find a good ride here any time of the year. Hot summer rides can be offset with a dip in the lake. On warmer days that often occur during Missouri winters, you will enjoy having the whole lake to yourself.
Local Contacts: Mark Twain National Forest 573-438-5427
Local Maps: USGS Johnson Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Council Bluffs Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/18/2005
1

Be sure to stay at the campground, tent or trailer, but no hook-ups. $8/night and very nice sites. This is a forest service campground. Showers at the beach which is free if you camp, otherwise $3/day for parking. Beach is 3 miles by trail or by road from camp. Starting at the campground, down to the lake, loop and return is 14 miles. Go counter clockwise and cool off with a dip at the beach. Trail is a blast. Constant up and down and turning, but few long climbs. Mostly very close to the shore. Pete Sadow


7/30/2000
0

This is a tough trail unless you have great bike control. It is very technical in some areas, but overall not too bad. The lake is beautiful, this is a must see.



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