Best Trail Along I-44 Between STL and Springfield - need recommendations
Posted 04 June 2012 - 08:50 PM
With that in mind, what would you suggest to be the best place to ride along the I-44 corridor between Springfield and STL as I’m coming back?
The only trail through there I have ridden is Berryman, and that was just an eight-mile segment of it, not the whole deal. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing it again but I know there are other good choices.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or recommendations.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 04:48 AM
Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:21 AM
Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:51 AM
Just a couple minutes off 44
Posted 06 June 2012 - 01:42 PM
Gonna hit the White River Trails at Table Rock State Park first before I boogie out of Branson: http://mostateparks....able Rock_0.pdf
then put in a couple hours behind the wheel then go to the Forest City Trail in St. James next: http://www.route66bi...forest_city.pdf
Thanks again, and happy riding!
Posted 06 June 2012 - 02:00 PM
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:30 PM
The trail system is a series of loops (red, blue, green loop, etc.) all strung together with connector trails. I started at the Trophy Run trailhead and basically stayed to the right on each loop and took the connector trails as they came. That way I worked my way all the way through and total mileage was 10.5 or 11. Trails are well-marked with both signposts and blazes on the trees.
My favorite part was the blue loop where it runs along the water below the dam in a deep woods, very shady river-bottom type area. The other parts are lots of ozark forests with pine and hardwoods, and the occasional power cut crossing. There are only a couple minor water crossings on the trail. The trail is hard-packed dirt, with some small rocks. I am sure that it dries out quickly after a rain.
I intended to hit the trail at St. James next but actually broke my frame about .5 mile from the end of the Branson trail, so that was all the riding that day for me. Regardless, the trails at Table Rock Lake State Park are highly recommended and I'd love to ride them again.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:49 AM
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