Blue River Greenway Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Blue River Parkway and Minor Park form a long, skinny riverside hideaway in the heart of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The hard-packed trail here are a great place for riders of all skill levels. Except for one and a half miles on an old rail bed, most of the ten-plus miles in this system of interwoven trails are narrow single-track. The abandoned rail trail drains well, but the rest of the network stays muddy for a long time after rain. It also sees heavy horse use and may be full of deep hoofprints. This trail is located in southeast Kansas City."
--Steve Henry, Mountain Bike! Ozarks (Menasha Ridge Press).
I can only guess that the last reviewer rode the West side of the river where the trails are not well maintained. This is a great trail for varied skills. Turn of Holmes and go east 1 block on Blue River Rd and park in the parking lot of the baseball field (just east of the train trestle). From there ride your bike over the river and drop in just on the east side of the bridge.
You can ride South and do a 3 mile loop that has flat and fast single track to very advanced rock gardens and quick fairly technical climbs.
Head North and ride the connector trail about 1 mile (go through the parking lot about 1/2 mile in) until you cross over Blue River rd and a quick climb to the sign post. Now you are in for some fun. Climb up to Highline for fun and highly technical sections, take BoHoCa for intermediate or take Basement for milder riding.
Overall, you can ride more than 15 miles of single track with every level you can think of.
New maps are being posted later this year.
This trail was awful! All reviews i read were great but i guess it's been awhile since someone wrote a review. None of the trails are marked and the map provided on the website is terrible. You will constantly be wondering where you are. The trails are overgrown (watch out for thorns). You may have to do a couple creek crossings which isn't bad if there are rocks to walk on but if not you'll be getting your feet wet whether on your bike or not. There is also horse crap all over and spider webs strung across the trail every hundred feet. We spend 3 hours trying to find the difficult trail but its such a maze we never found it. If you don't mind spiderwebs and horse crap and you can read a crappy map like Bear Grylls then you'll love this trail.
This trail has grown so much over the last couple of years, and is full of fun. There are actually fairly technical sections (Wagon Wheel, East Side) offering minor climbs with enough 'stuff' in the way to make it interesting. You could easily make a great 15 mile loop of the area and ride on a short section of old rail bed, flat single track, rolling single track, rocky/techincal sections, river crossings, and plenty of fun. For added challenge do it in reverse.
Pretty good trail description. A good mtb area for a quick-paced flat singletrack ride. Not techy at all, bring a friend that's learning, its very moderate. Stay home if it has rained within a day or 2 of your ride, its a low area and dries slow. Fun, fast, not crowded. Lock up your car and leave your valuables at home if you park on the north side. Good mtb ride if you are in town and don't have time to hit the trails at Landau.
i ride these trails at least once a week, and i have a great experience every time i go, i would recommend this to any and everyone who enjoyes a viggerous ride through the woods.
Sign in/up to upload photos.