Blue River Parkway Trails

3.96 out of 5
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↑ 900 ft
↓ 800 ft

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Trail Description
About this trail
Very nice well groomed trail. Everything from beginner to very technical and advanced. If you like easy going stay closer to the river, but if you want more advanced stuff take the high road and be ready for rocky climbs and downhills.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: How is the signage and does it clearly demarcate tougher sections? -jr637

A: Not very good, and no.

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Reviews (24)

Granny Gear

May 17, 2019
Review: Extremely underrated trail system(I prefer it over swope shhhh don't tell anybody) Blue River has everything Missouri has to offer from,down hill jumps,Rock gardens, punchy climbs and great XC .

Similar Trail: Landahl,Swope


July 8, 2018
Midmoab Trailblazer  
Review: I really loved this series of trails! One of the best group of trails I have encountered in Missouri. We rode bridger, badger, and stonewall in loops. Great variety of terrain, roots, chunky rocks, drops, and flow. What struck me about these trails is the amazing flow, lack of killer climbs and/or huge downhills. This can be great for miles of smiles. A brief warning...we did find areas on the west side of the road on bridger where we encountered broken glass on the trail. Unfortunate, but not enough to change my overall opinion.


December 13, 2017
Bo Brown Gramcounter  
Review: Love this river trail


June 5, 2016
Scott737 Doubletrack  
Review: I placed three stars because there's no marker to the trailhead and there no marker for one way single track.
And it was unexpected storm a day earlier, which mud created even more difficult especially riding on the rocks - slippery! A nightmare challenge for me.



November 6, 2017
tjester Doubletrack  
Review: None of the Kansas City Area trails are open when muddy. Please check the status before you go out.

Granny Gear

May 20, 2016
KBarb Granny Gear  
Review: Scott Cotter's review summarizes things really well. The only thing I would add is where to park. I like to park at the corner of Blue River Parkway and Blue Ridge Boulevard. From there, you can go west (the creek side of the road) to the River Trail or Wagon Wheel. Alternatively, go across the street east (away from the creek) to hop on Highline, Basement, etc.

Similar Trail: Swope


April 8, 2016
John Fisch Epic  
Review: Good variety wedged into suburbia. There are some really entertaining sections of trail and some that provide genuine technical challenge. Along with Swope Park, south KC has some very good riding.


January 15, 2016
Review: I started riding Blue River when it was just a rogue 4 X 4 trail. In two decades it has bloomed into a very nice trail system and continues to grow thanks to a great group of volunteers.

Right now there are roughly 13ish miles if you include the connector trail on the North end. That will eventually connect to Swope and create an urban singletrack system in the area of 50 some odd miles.

The Blue River trail offers something for everyone. The trails down near the river are non-technical and flat. A good place to get your sea legs if you're a beginner. The East Side of Blue River road and the Wagon Wheel trails are intermediate to advanced, offering up shorty, punchy climbs, choppy rock and root sections, small drops and some tight turns/switchbacks. Trails like highline will test the technical abilities of really good riders and certain spots on Wagon Wheel will do the same. Because the trail (at speed anyway) can be unrelenting, your cardio will get pinged too. But in a good way.

I have ridden this hundreds of times and still love it. Flows really well (most places) but doesn't allow you to simply sit back and pedal. There's always a challenge, a super chunky rocky section, crazy tangle of roots to navigate, step ups, tight turns, trees to thread. Good stuff.

Similar Trail: Swope


November 1, 2015
ITP78 Gramcounter  
Review: Fun trails.

Bunny Hop

October 5, 2015
raindogs Bunny Hop  
Review: A little something for everyone. Serengeti and the River trail are flat fast trails along the flood plan of the river. Ox Bow Run kicks it up a notch with a little more flow and curve to the trail. Basement and Bo Ho Ca start out nice enough but both start to get a little tough and technical with some big rocks and tight sections. the more technical sections of Bo Ho Ca probably reflects Wagon Wheel and Bager. High Line is a tough advanced line. The High Line express has some big drops, nice double jumps and is not for the faint of heart. Overall a great trail system.

August 26, 2015
Review: I have ridden this Trail often mostly East of Blue river Starting from Blue Ridge Blvd... the reviews here are not consistent.. this is a great advanced trail.. lots of work has been done here. there are drop offs, jumps great down hills.. but some sections are very rocky even the basement trail is a challenge.. it will ware you out but its not too long so you can call it good before it kills you. Very good trail for beginners who want a challenge and will be challenging even for those who are advanced. Cross over blue river road (west side) and you have have it a bit more smooth.. but its heavy woods so will take some time to dry out after a rain and if its muddy it is not fun.

Blue River Parkway Trails MTB Trail 3.96 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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