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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +238/ -240 ft
Total: 62 riders

Mountain Biking Forest City Trail

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#22 of 168 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#1,512 in the world

This is a new trail built by volunteers and Route 66 bike shop. Counter clockwise or clockwise either way it's pretty easy. There are a few areas (creek crossings) that may be challenging for beginners but a slightly experienced rider will have no issues with this trail. Lots of rocks and not much elevation gain.

Update 6/17/14:

For 2014 Forest City is upgraded with an additional 1.5 miles of trail and a new downhill-only pump/flow trail. Updated maps are available at the trailhead most of the time, and also can be easily downloaded from route66bicycles.com/get/shreddy.

First added by mtnspectre on Jul 18, 2010. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I44 take exit 195 to St. James. Take Jefferson St south to Hwy KK (first light). Go left on Hwy KK for 2 miles and look for small brown sign for trailhead on right. Take dirt road on right over RR tracks and you'll see the parking for the trailhead.
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  • JOnABike

    Pretty large variety of terrain, it can go from rocky and technical to fast and flowy in an instant. Multiple trails for a wide variety of skill levels. The trails are nicely maintained and the features are great fun and of solid build quality.

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  • aaroninmo

    Very well-maintained, my favorite

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  • spirthawka5

    great trail some smooth time some rocky times an overall great ride!

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  • cycleforfun

    This is a top notch MO singletrack! If you like the challenge of navigating rocky ascents and descents, fast-moving, pine-needle covered switchbacks and flat stretches, and some advanced bhiking sections where walking your bike up stair-stepped Rock formations is no small feat, this trail will be a favorite. The trail is very well marked, well maintained, and loops around beautiful sections of conifer and deciduous forest. I don't consider it a beginner trail because of the technical maneuvering through rocks, but that's just my opinion. It's a fantastic trail!

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  • ryancozart

    Quite a few rocks many options to take (easiest or hard) tracks, hard tracks add roughly a mile but end up right back at the sign or at least real close. Great ride, will go again when I'm in better shape :)

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  • shredder

    Very similar to Greens and Lost Valley; a fast and somewhat technical ride (if you choose to). In as much as it's 1 1/2 hours from Wildwood I would only go to add variety to my riding

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  • rick417

    Unfortunately the trails were too wet to ride without the possibility of creating damage. I did ride the Monkey Barrel (conservatively) a couple of times (once in each direction) to get some dirt on the tires. This section was fun and in drier conditions looks like a fast track. The trail is wide enough to get some speed. I hope to travel back to experience the rest of the trail. Kudos to the maintainers for such a nice riding opportunity.

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  • Fred Cotterell

    I ride the Trails at least three times a month. The layout is excellent and the trails can be ridden by most Mountain bikers with some skills. I usually take two laps of the larger loop. I enjoy the varying rocks and roots and seem to get faster every time I ride it. I would recommend this trial system to anyone who want to ride a well built system.

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  • kc0aac

    Some side loops more technical

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    This is one of the best places to ride that you've never heard of. Forest City has been layed out on city property a short greenway ride from the center of St. James. It features a lot of rocky terrain, many twists and turns, ledges, and a neat little downhill run that can be repeated by taking a gravel return route. The trail has different difficulty options clearly marked. The only drawback was that I never quite knew where I was while riding. This is usually remedied with a trail map, but none were available at the trailhead the day I rode.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    I'd have to place over all dificulty at intermediate, just based on the amount of rocks, and climbing. I agree that the tech options are all pretty much intermediate, or at least doable with practice by a duffer like me :)

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  • rollhard

    Narrow trail lots of rocks but fast with a few short climbs here and there. Very well mantained.

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  • dgw2jr

    Awesome trail system! We rode it clockwise and it flowed nicely. Lots of rocks. The trail tread seems to change every mile or so which is pretty cool. There is some climbing but none of the grades are too steep or extended. Excellent use of the terrain. This was my wife's first ride of the year and she loved it.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    Sweet. Really nice. Trail can go ether direction. Starting at parking TH is back by drive way on E side or you can go down the cinder path till pavement and you'll see the other end on the RT. Trails are well tended with no debris, even the leaves were swept off . Lots of the trail is nice smooth woods riding, but at least half is rocky gnarly stuff to keep it interesting. Three sections labeled intermediate have bypasses but they each have an advanced section in middle(should be ride able, even if I endoed :( It's also a good long trail with lots of good climbing, but you could bail half way on the jogging path.Way fun if you like some ruff stuff. Trail maintained by gorctrails.com* Review edited 11/3/2012

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  • mjyg_sunshine

    Enjoyed the trail. Nice loop than can be done rather quickly. Very few technical challenges. Mostly level with some slight elevation changes.

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  • 123365

    Smooth and fast some short gradual climbs, not really technical at all, but really fast and buff! Good trail. Don't ride while wet, don't ruin it for the rest of us...

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  • extreme2red

    Couple of good elevation changes. Lots of rocks and some tough creek crossings. Light technical work. i think you could rate this trail in a higher difficulty if it were longer. Overall it is fun and close by like mtnspectre said. That makes it a 5 for me.

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  • mtnspectre

    Nice singletrack trail for the area. Some rocks but not very technical. Still a good trail to ride and the plus is, it's not an hour drive for me.* Review edited 7/18/2010

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