March 13, 2013
I didn't ride the whole thing, but what I saw was decent. If you happen to be in Joplin for other reasons, it's worth bringing your bike. It's not worth going for on its own. Rumor has it there's an old graveyard somewhere on the trail, so there's some cool stuff to look for. Not the best maintained trail; there are portions where the hardest part is avoiding the tree limbs and thorn bushes that are growing into the trail.
As far as getting in, go to the Zora/St. Louis trailhead. From the parking lot hang a right. Eventually you will see a paved road on your right. Keep going, and you will see several entrances on the right. If you see the train car, the last entrance is nearby. Just look. There's a bit more trail around, but that appears to be the main one.