Level: Advanced
Length: 80 mi (128.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 13 riders
 

Mountain Biking Chadwick

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#100 of 158 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#9664 in the world

Chadwick offers a vast selection of rocky, technical trails that network together in a 7680-acre park managed by the forest service. It is a challenging place originally developed by motocycle riders. When the ATV was invented some trails widened, but there is still plenty of solid singletrack to hit on each visit. Keep a map with you. A must-do for any local, Chadwick will make you a better rider if not a bloody one.

You might talk to some local riders at a local bike shop like Cycles Unlimited in Springfield before going for the first time. Fees are $3 per day or $20 for the year.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From Springfield, drive south on Hwy. 65 for 14 miles to Ozark. Take the State Highway F exit, and go east through Ozark, Sparta, Oldfield, and finally Chadwick (don't blink). You MUST buy a permit at Kay's store in Chadwick (it's the only store) and turn south on H highway. Get a trail map from Kay's too. From Chadwick, take Hwy 125 south 1.5 miles; turn southwest onto Hwy H for about 2 miles. You should start to see brown road signs to guide you. You will encounter two campgrounds on the west side of the road about five miles from the H highway junction, Camp Ridge and Cobb Ridge. Park and ride from either campground.
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Grant Godfrey (on Apr 14, 2019)
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  • ammoguy76
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    If you are into Mt biking you may want to do a bit of research before you go here. We stayed at Cobb Ridge and camped there thinking we could ride our Mt bikes on the 80 miles of track that was advertised. We were wrong in a big way! This is for ATV's and dirt bikes. YES...you can ride your Mt bike here but it will be very difficult. We found this out the hard way. We had a map with us and once we got to the bottom of the steep and loose rock filled trail, we couldn't make sense out of the map. Some portions of the lower trails are not marked very often so it makes it difficult to figure out which way you need to go. Generally speaking if you ride down the hill, you will have to walk your bike back up. All of the trails we rode we were not able to ride back up because these are ATV trails. If you find singletrack in this area, then you may have a better time than we did. I would not recommend this to anyone as a Mt biking location. There are other trails near by such as White River Valley near Branson. There you'll find GREAT singletrack trails! I hate to put out negative comments but we were very dissatisfied with this trail system.

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  • josh_fetter
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    Best trails around. Lots of steep double track with loose rocks. Large tires with low air pressure recommended!!

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  • singletrackn00b
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    Rode this trail yesterday 04/03/2011 and had a good time for the most part. The trails are a mix of easy to suicidal. The trail my friend and I rode started off easy but later we had to walk our bikes. We are beginners but more advance riders will have a hard time on the harder parts. In the end you'll have to walk your bike on some parts of the trail. I would like to mention the dirt bike riders and ATV riders are really nice. The scenery is also worth taken in. Oh heads up the fee has increased to eight dollars.

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  • Captaindude
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    12 square miles, 7680 acres, about 80 miles of trails for dirtbikes, atv's or mountain bikes. I have spent years riding dirtbikes there and have only lately rode mountain bikes there. Great trails ranging from dirt roads, fire roads, rock ledges and singletrack.

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