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Clear Creek

Average Rating:    (4.08 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

The trail is nearly 8 miles long with a vertical difference of 100' from low to high points. The trail takes you up and down multiple times providing some great downhills and of course plenty of climbs. The trail drains well after rains and is all hardpack singletrack. The folks of Oxford take pride in maintaining this trail in excellent shape. A challenging trail less than 2 hours from Memphis TN.
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Latitude
34.452324636512806
Longitude
-89.60547924041748
Trail Directions
Take highway 314 (Old Sardis Rd) northwest from Oxford MS approximately 12 miles to the Clear Creek Recreation area. After entering the park look for an MTB sign with arrow pointing to the trailhead. It will be the 3rd left after entering the park.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Oxford
Country
USA
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Review Date
January 22, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gregon2wheels ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good large loop (13 miles) with several shortcuts (3 and 11 miles long). The trail is thoroughly cleaned once or twice a year, but gradually accumulates leaves and other debris. Right now it is leaf-covered and a little hard to find. There are a number of roots and ruts completely hidden by leaves, so proceed with caution.

The local trail crew does a great job preparing the trail for the annual race. Right before or right after the race, the trail is fast with good flow. The trail is reasonably well marked, but can be a little hard to follow when leaf covered.

All 3 loops ride out by the lake and have nice scenery if you want to enjoy it.
All 3 loops have short ups and downs (most < 30 second climbs and nothing more than 1 or 2 minutes). All 3 loops have some roots. All 3 loops have good traction.

The loops are much more open than the Froot Loops in Oxford.

Recommended Route:
The directions are correct, but the map to the trail head is wrong. Follow Highway 314 (Old Sardis Road) to Lake Sardis. Pass the Boy Scout camp. Turn left when you see the sign post with a bicycle on it.

All 3 loops are similar, although the 13 mile loop includes more fast sections.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Taylor Trails = Froot Loops = Whirlpool trails.



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Review Date
June 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: reposo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
In 2010 Clear Creek Trail was expanded to 13 miles with three distinct loops by local Oxford area cyclists. The trailhead was moved about a mile and a half down the road on the left just past a bathroom building. Three named and signed loops have been established. Maintenance of the trail is performed by same local Oxford area cyclists. Enjoy the best trail this side of Syllamo (AR), Oak Mountain (Al) or the new Vista Trail (AR).

Recommended Route:
Trail is designed to be ridden clockwise from new trailhead staying to the left at every trail junction for the 13 mile loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Thacker Railbed Trails (Oxford,MS)(a.k.a Fruit Loops, Whirlpool, or Taylor trails)



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Review Date
January 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: MTBERMISS ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Clear Creek is a decent length singletrack trail along side lake Sardis. The trail is well maintained by the Army Corp of Engineers. This trail offers some very quick downhills and multiple steep and challenging climbs. I would recommend this to riders who have experience and skill when it comes to riding over roots and rocks, which are visible throughout the trail. Hardtail bikes make the ride extremely bumpy but very fun, a full suspension bike will help ease the pounding. The trail is a one way trail so it is impossible to get lost, just watch out for spider webs (non poisonous). The trail is worth the drive from the surrounding area, or for those just passing through. The trail offers two seperate entrances the first trail is a newer addition which extended the trail to just over 10 miles. The second trail allows for shorter ride. I would still recommend the longer route because the road boarders the trail making it possible to exit the trail around 7 or 8 miles in and make your way back to the car. It takes about an hour to two hours to finish the trail depending on breaks and speed.

Recommended Route:
The Trail is a oneway trail.

From Highway 6 Coming from Baitsville or Tupelo, you turn on Jackson Avenue and make your way past the University of Mississippi campus entrance and turn left onto College Hill road. Continue North to Clear Creek (Sardis Lake). You will enter a state park and the entrance will be on the left about a mile or so into the park. You will see the mountain bike sign. These trails offer plenty of parking.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oxford trails near the Ole Miss campus (Fruit Loop) lots and lots of trails. Good cross country trails, but easy to get lost if not familiar with the trails. Begginner to intermediate trails about a 2-4 hour ride depending on speed.



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Review Date
September 11, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: orbits2000 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I recently moved to Memphis from the Western US and am really enjoying "the hunt" for all the good trails within 150 miles or so. I really think this is a great trail. Wait-actually I KNOW it's a great trail. I had a true Grin Fest for sure. It was just technical enough and just hard enough to make me realize that I'm not in the shape I used to be in. I really appreciated the work that obviously goes into the trail & big thanks to those folks @ the Oxford club that have worked hard! The primitive camping available right there @ the trailhead is a huge bonus for folks and I'll no question be goin back to have a Blast on this trail again and again.

Recommended Route:
Looked like it was meant to be a 1 way ride.?.?

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wolf River and Stanky Creek.



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Review Date
March 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mitchman1982 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride a lot, and love to ride a lot, and usually ride medium + pace and enjoy my time in the woods... but this trail made me want to buy a $5000 XC race bike! This is probably the most fun trail I have ever been on. It had the potential for super speed with sharp turns and quick hills. It was like a roller coaster ride with fast hills and quick turns. Made you feel like the jet bikes in The Empire Strikes Back. It lacked any technical challenge, but I get enough of that at home, this was more like a fast fun race course. I live 3-400 miles away from this trail but will always bring my bike if I am ever even close to it again. I highly recommend it.

Recommended Route:
I think it is supposed to be a 1 way loop...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bonita Lakes in Meridian, MS



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