Clear Springs Rec. Area

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.17 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,700 ft
↓ 2,900 ft
221
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This area is typically referred to as Homochitto in the region (not really referred to as Clear Springs) as it is located in the Homochitto National Forest.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (6 total check-ins)
  Janie W   on Oct 12, 2014
  duddetts11   on Sep 11, 2014
  Luke Van Anrooy Arlow   on Nov 16, 2013
  glen3   on Apr 3, 2013
  johnterhark   on Jan 26, 2013
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August 29, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Couldn't ride this trail, overgrown, horribly marked, within the first mile I hit 3 forks with no markers then the trail abruptly ended and I spent a while trying to find out where it picked up to no avail. Finally got on the paved road and rode out of the main gate and left after driving 2 hours to get there.

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Granny Gear

November 23, 2015
kceezy17 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice trail for the most part. A few downed trees along the way. Wish there were a few more signs along the route pointing you in the right directions, especially when the trail is covered by leaves and such.

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Bunny Hop

September 27, 2015
 
Review: I rode the lake trail, part of tallys and part of Richardson. These seemed like better hiking trails than bike trails in my opinion. The trails were mostly overgrown with a few downed trees.

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September 3, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Just an FYI. I called the ranger station and they said the branches and bridges have been fixed. We are heading there this weekend and I will write a review!

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Bunny Hop

July 14, 2015
cmatt777 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I went to Clear Springs this weekend (Sunday 7/12/15). A park ranger told us we can ride the trails but the bathroom facilities were off limits. The camping area around Clear Springs lake is closed off for repairs and is not accessible by car. I rode a little bit of Tallys Trail, Richardson Creek Trail, Clear spring lake trail, and Mills Branch Trails. Tallys and Richardson creek are not really overgrown too much, but there are some fallen trees/branches that need to be cleared out. Clear springs lake trail has some bridges that are still out. Had to hike-a-bike down to get to the other side of the bridges. Clear springs lake trail also has some trees down in the way. Mills Branch Trail is VERY overgrown. I only did about 2.5 miles of Mills branch loop and had to hike about half of that due to all of the overgrowth. Mills branch would be a good ride if it were cleared out. It doesnt look like anyone has ridden Mills Branch in years.

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Gramcounter

March 31, 2015
nickrm Gramcounter  
 
Review: The only trail left open is Richardson Creek trail. After speaking with one of the Rangers, it doesn't look like the rest of the trail system is planned to opened again in the near future. Apparently, most of the bridges washed away and there is no funding to repair them. That being said, Richardson Creek is still a great trail to ride with a lot of good downhills and a fair amount of climbing.

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Gramcounter

April 3, 2015
nickrm Gramcounter  
 
Review: Can really only go off of what the man that worked there told us and that the signs were up saying the trails were closed.

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Gramcounter

April 3, 2015
 
Review: I ran the Equinox 50K down there 3-21-15. I don't know how the trails could have been closed then.

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Gnarly


October 12, 2014
Janie W Gnarly  
 
Review: Needs a little maintenance Grassy areas overgrown.

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Granny Gear

June 24, 2013
kylepeveto Granny Gear  
 
Review: A beautiful spot in the Homochitto National Forest, the Clear Springs Recreation Area has at its center a spring-fed lake, which is a great place to flop after riding for a few hours.
On the Tally's Creek trail, pine needles and leaves cover a great deal of the singletrack, and the climbs were often eroded and quite steep, more of an old-school hiking trail. We ended up pushing up several climbs.
Richardson is a well-planned 10-mile trail with great flow and plenty of beautiful scenery.
Tally's is an adventure. We compiled 14 miles on Tally's, but some of that was dirt road riding.

Similar Trail: Richardson Creek is similar to Mt. Zion, Tally's is sort of similar to The Womble in Arkansas.

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Granny Gear

January 5, 2013
photoepic Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail ,,, actually the three trails combined are near 30 miles and its not in Crosby MS, it's just past Meadville/Bude exit in Franklin Co. Good climbing... Most all single track.. When maintained, one of the best in the south

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Granny Gear

October 8, 2012
Jerb Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode the trail the weekend of Oct 6, 2012. The trails were in really bad shape, and while some people attribute this to Hurricane Isaac, to me it seemed more of an issue of overall upkeep. It's not that the trails were obstructed by downed trees and debris, but instead the trails were washed out, overgrown, and lacking flow. In my opinion, it seems like these trails were built for hikers, not bikers... on top of that, it doesn't appear that anyone is responsible for maintaining them, so they're completely washed out and full of roots. My expectations were pretty high based on the reviews I read here, so I thought I'd share my experience. if I return to Clear Springs, I'll bring a backpack instead of a bike. The camping was decent (although there are no primitive sites along the lake).

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Clear Springs Rec. Area MTB Trail 4.17 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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