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Level: Beginner
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +58/65 ft
Total: 11 riders
 

Mountain Biking Cottonmill Park

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#12 of 34 mountain bike trails in Nebraska
#8197 in the world

Once you get to Cottonmill, you can ride the variety of small mountain bike trails they have through the park (typically following the disc golf route), but you can also head towards the back of the park by following the road. You'll see a big sign and wood chips at the beginning of the trail (there's at least 2 spots to enter). These trails will take you up and behind Cottonmill, for a great view and some steep hills to challenge yourself on. There's some great downhill spots, and you can even break free from the trail at the turnaround point and ride onto some smoothly packed dirt roads.

First added by tshbn20 on Apr 28, 2020. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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Cottonmill Park is on the west boarders of Kearney, and is connected to town by a bike trail. There are some mountain bike paths within the park, in between the trees, and some much better open trails behind the park and accessed through riding to the back of the park where the road ends.
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  • Sasquach
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    I'm from Colorado so my opinion is a little swayed. I live near some of the best single track you could ask for. I saw this trail on the single tracks app and I was in town for a family thing so I said why not. Most of the trail is a literal mowed trail that you ride thru a field. It's not really what most people would call a trail. But I got a great workout. I rode the trail along the farthest path as long as I could, the trail hadn't been maintained in one section, so I turned around and cut across the area on another trail. The area has a lot of potential but there's not enough of a mountain biking community to get the work done. I rode enough of the trail so I rode thru the frisbe gold course, and had some fun down hill in one of the sections. For a last minute ride it was good, I enjoyed it. Just go right into the park. Follow the road around the lake and park when you see the wood chips at the trail entrance" it's to the right" you will not see the lake anymore, it's not very noticeable but if your looking you will not miss it. There is a sign a little earlier near the lake but the trail it's next to will lead you out of the park and down a concrete trail next to the road up on a hill.

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  • dangerous dan
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    We had a nice ride, a different technical ride than I'm used to in Colorado. Grassy pasture trails make you really focus on balance if you want to ride fast. Riding around inside the park is a little weird, nothing is marked so you are just randomly riding around looking for short trails to hit (still a great place to get some pedal time). I hope that someday they mark the pasture trails and maybe add the segments to Strava so I can be King of the Hill when I come back to visit family (my challenge to the locals)! All in all, it's fun, maybe add some jumps somewhere because unlike to fly.

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  • ClarkBausch
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    Cottonmill is a easy place to ride. It's doubletrack with some hills and no obstacles.

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  • tshbn20
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    Cottonmill provides some great training grounds if you're stuck in Kearney. They have some nice tree-covered, small-width dirt paths throughout the park to run through pretty quickly, and a great open set of paths in the back of the park that have grass, dirt, uphill, downhill aspects that can help you prepare for future trails.

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