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Level: Beginner
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +157/151 ft
Total: 56 riders

Mountain Biking Cliff Cave Park

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#28 of 166 mountain bike trails in Missouri
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There are two loops, one on either side of Cliff Cave Rd. When entering the park the loop on the right is about 2.5 miles long, the loop on the left is close to 1.5 miles. There is a connector that is less than a mile long and crosses a creek bed. The right side is double track and has various outlets to neighborhood streets and elementary school fields nearby. The trail is marked very well.

The trail on the left is more technical, rocky surface that detours into a scenic spot overlooking the mississippi river. This side also has a steep uphill climb that can be challenging.

First added by stylo_joe on Feb 24, 2007. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Starting at Jefferson Barracks Bridge, take Telegraph Road from Hwy 255 and go south. Make a left, going east, on Cliff Cave Park Rd and follow to park entrance. Parking lot at bottom of hill.
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  • theaaronhanson

    Cliff Cave is great. The best two trails are right as you come in by the overlook. Nice berms and a couple of jumps. The blue diamond has berms coming both ways (you can start by the overlook by turning left, or go behind the bathrooms at the parking lot and find the other way) or go down the black to the right. If you go down the main road and up you'll find some easier MTB trails, but the real fun ones are at the beginning. Great park!

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  • Jared Nathaniel Matthews

    I'm confused as to how this is considered beginner and bangert island is intermediate. Classification should be switched.

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  • ryancozart

    This was my first trail. Had a great time looking forward to going back

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  • dirt shredder
    Reviewing Spring Valley:

    Moderate difficulty. Trail head crosses a shallow creek and then climbs an amazing rock garden hill . which is very intense. Then it has a high speed outer loop with some small banked turns and some tight s turns. Also has inner trails that go between the outer loop. Mostly hard packed dirt with some soft spots . really is a great time

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  • oldiebutnewbie

    fun trail. can get a little rough in parts due to the horse traffic. well-maintained otherwise. inner loop in particular is a fast fun ride. the perfect trail in the stl area for beginners.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    The outer and inner loops of the Spring Valley side are definitely beginner level. They are a lot of fun even with a thick covering of leaves. The route up to these loops from the parking lot is on advanced trail so most people will be walking sections to get there. The Bluff side was more technical with rocks and ledges and had great views of the river in spots. Enter this loop up the road at the end of the guard rail on the right side. These singletrack trails make a good after work ride or, as in my case, a place to get in a quick ride while visiting family. They are incorrectly listed as doubletrack in the description.

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  • Stl_Greaser   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Spring Valley:

    This is a beginner friendly fast flowy singletrack trial. there is an inner and outer loop connected by 4 different short trail sections so you can loop it together in a number of different combinations, and keep the fun. You can make it feel like a new ride each time you come out with all of the options for lines.

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  • Stl_Greaser   ✓ supporter

    I will list this park as intermediate. the bluff side is an intermediate trail with rock gardens and more elevation change. the spring valley side if you enter from the park side has an intermediate to advance climb to the main trail but if you enter from the school parking lot above it is completely a beginner trail. This is a fast flow trail made of all dirt and just fun to blast around.

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  • Stl_Greaser   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Bluff Trail:

    This is the more technical side of the park with rock gardens and a great over look of the Mississippi River basin. It is a fun trial to ride and a good trail to take a beginner to more of an intermediate rider!

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  • mscott003

    This is the closest trail to my house so I ride it often. The Spring Valley loop is great for an after work ride. Just hit it as many times as you can. Then hit the conenctor to the newly expanded River Bluff Trail.. I actually really like this trail especially early in the season to get those legs working...

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  • pdinsurance

    This place really isnt that much fun. Its actually more interesting riding the flat paved path that is very prone to flooding.

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  • Silver_Fox

    I enjoyed the trail and the park is realy nice. The trail closest to the river is short and the most technical. It has a great view of the river. I actually prefer the longer trail that goes over the cave. It is pretty easy and has some fast tracks to it. It is easy to get lost on this trail.

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