DeSoto State Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.80 out of 5
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Intermediate
19.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,400 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
1,489
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Pick up a map from the country store to help. Or, park at the lodge and ride towards the cabins to enter Gilliam and Chalet trails. These two trails combined are about 5 miles total when you loop back to the lodge parking lot, therefore make a good warm-up for the remaining 14 miles. Gilliam loop includes a pump track, bike teeter, and a few skinny's. Once back at the lodge parking lot, head down the road towards the country store. Directly across the street from the paved entrance to the country store, you will see the entrance to the trail system. The next 4/5 miles is the most technical section of DeSoto - good climbs over rocks and roots. Now the remaining of the system is well-marked with mileage totals and the names of each trail. You'll hit the family loop first, then go across the road and see entrances to 3 seperate trails, one of which takes you back to the camping area and the country store, the other two are loops. Again, all of the system from here on is marked well with orange metal signs.
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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: Beginner friendly? -Guest

A: Intermediate rather than beginner trails but not that technical. I don't see why a beginner couldn't ride the trails I've ridden but you might have to walk a few sections.

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Granny Gear

July 23, 2017
FLbob Granny Gear  
 
Review: Being new to MTB my review should be taken VERY lightly! I've ridden/walked/carried by bike on all the bike trails in Desoto and had an absolute blast. Beautiful scenery to look at while I was catching my breath on the CCW Quarry loop. The closest to my skill level were the Gilliam and Family loops. I hope to come back with more skill and without my gravel bike!

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Granny Gear

June 21, 2017
 
Review: These trails are tough!! There are a few that are close to being single track but for the most part they are more like hiking trails that they allow mtb on. Tons of roots n rocks. I wanted to rename the trails to roots rock n no ragae !!! Not for beginners either. I took my kids on the "family loop" trail.... Lots of wrecks and carrying bikes over rocks. The potential is here but these trails aren't mtb ready yet.

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Bunny Hop

April 2, 2016
mckincb Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Rode the CCC Quary counter clockwise. Suggest riding to clockwise. Then on to Family Trail, Neverland and the Vizzney loop. Don't let the Family Trail fool you by the name. You will still need to navigate rocks and roots. Speaking of, take your full suspension bike and keep the knobs rotated to full suspension the entire time. Never land was good and Vizzney loop was great. I like flow trials. This place was very cool but could use some TLC. I had a blast riding the trials and would recommend to anyone.

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Gnarly

October 18, 2015
spc7669 Gnarly  
 
Review: The scenery is awesome! The Family Loop is a good warmup/cool down ride. Neverland is fun, but loaded with roots and rocks. Vizzney Land is one mile on the nose and fun as well. Very worth the trip.

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Trailblazer

September 1, 2015
eltommyc Trailblazer  
 
Review: Love the skinnies and bridges along Neverland. Plenty of fun, technical play with a decent flow. Beautiful scenery.

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Gnarly


July 13, 2015
Autocrat9 Gnarly  
 
Review: Didn't care too much for these trails....except the scenery what great

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Gramcounter

March 19, 2015
 
Review: Great piece of property with unlimited potential. The new "Vizzney Land" trail is a blast. As of today, it is not on the map. Strava put it at exactly one mile. It is off the Never Never Land trail and is clearly marked. VL (riding CW) is a buff, bench cut trail that is very fast with two down hills, one of which takes you through a fun rock garden. I rode NNL clock wise, I think it would have flowed better going CCW. Still fun though. The Family Trail is a bit miss-named. While not difficult, I can't imagine taking my 10 year olds on 20" wheeled bikes on it. I lost the trail on the Orange out to CCC from the Family Loop. I took the "advanced" option and the trail just ended, I could not find where it picked up. Hoping they add more miles out there! Over all I would rate it "medium" with nothing too crazy, but the rocks and roots will likely make it a little more challenging for a beginner rider. Strava put me at 9 miles which includes probably a mile of back tracking.

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Gramcounter

October 23, 2014
bAwesome Gramcounter  
 
Review: Never Neverland - This trail is so much fun. Roots in some areas. Flow in some areas. Outcroppings and low bridges. Fun fun fun. If you're in the area, don't miss this gem.

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Granny Gear

October 10, 2014
ngneer Granny Gear  
 
Review: Done this trail today, 10/09/14, family Loop was terrible. Area's had been what looke d like clear cut, a lot of the debris from this cutting was covering the trail. If roots are your thing then you will love this trail. Local guy suggested gilliam loop, I loaded up for the short drv. to TH, loved it. Flowing trail could get some speed up. Very nice.I will be back for this 3.5 Loop. This section is similar to Sylaward/Lake Howard, flowy. Roots are like Oak Mtn. in ways, rooty.

Similar Trail: Oak Mtn./ Sylaward/Lake Howard

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Gnarly

April 28, 2014
 
Review: Love this trail system. I worked at a summer camp a few miles from the trail and would wake up before the campers and go ride for about an hour. This is not one of those huge all day trail systems, but what is there is a blast. Great scenery and also great terrain. Well maintained. Can't wait to get back out to this beautiful park.

I would highly recommend visiting the area. Spend a few hours mtn biking and maybe bring the road bike along as well.

Similar Trail: Red Mountain

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DeSoto State Park MTB Trail 3.80 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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