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Clear Springs

Average Rating:    (4.45 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 47

The main trail is a ten mile loop.Ride it counter clockwise.There is also a five mile loop called mill branch trail.
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Latitude
31.457953928765882
Longitude
-90.85830688476562
Trail Directions
From Baton Rouge Louisiana. Take hwy 19 north to the mississippi line where the road turns into hwy 33 continue on hwy 33 north until it comes to hwy 84/98 go east on 84/98 until you see the sign clear springs homochitto national forest recreation park.Take a right. Follow the road until you come to the check in facility pay your three dollars.You have arrived.
Trail Length
15 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Bude
   


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Review Date
July 14, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: glagola1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live in New Orleans and this seems to be the closest decent trail. There are three trails. The only one that isn't overgrown at this point in time is Richardson Creek. Seems like people ride it the most and after riding the other two trails, I can see why. It's the easiest of the trails there but it also flows the best.

I think Tally has the best bones and most potential but when I rode it, there were times that I was searching for the trail. That doesn't lend itself well to carrying speed into corners. I think Tally would be the most fun if you are looking for a work out and don't mind the adventurous nature of some hike-a-bike over fallen trees and such. Shoot, I think I just talked my self into riding it again!

Be sure to take lots of water in the summer months.



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Review Date
February 21, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dgkendri ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Well, as a new person to the area, just had to try out a few new trails. Try these Coordinates first off, N 31 25.799 W 090 59.009. Well, I much enjoyed the the ride. Didn't get to ride all of Tally b/c of time, but I did ride on all of Mills and some of Richards. The trails seem to be well taken care of. Some ditches have stone paving markers laid for traction, and most bridges have wire mesh also. The thing I enjoyed most was the fact that they burned the woods in the past few years, so not near as much undergrowth in many areas. This allowed in some areas for you to really get a good look around where your riding. I would like to see them do this again soon as some areas are starting to get thick and thorns sometimes catch your legs and arms. They really do have something good going on hear as it being one of the first warm days of the year since all this cold weather, I saw many other bikers. Like I they drove a couple of hours just ro ride these. Currently there is one main bridge out for Mills Creek due to replacement, but they have you rerouted. If you don't want to take the detour you can check out the map at the parking spot and take one of the back roads up and hit the trail, however I was able to cross the downed bridge area due to the HUGE tree you can walk across with your bike. Also, don't not pay the fee, the attendant checks tags religiously! These are good intermediate trails, if your a beginner though, I suggest you ride the gravel roads in the park, they are really a good time also, I know, had to use them to get back in time.

Recommended Route:
Mills CCW, can't say on Tally since didn't ride it all. If you don't like the way you take though, there is always a road it eventually crosses that can get you back, but I recommend you get a good map before doing that. I had a gps on my bike mounted so it really helped.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Emerald trail I think is the name of it on MTBR.com, if not alot of people know them as the Old Railroad trails in Oxford MS. Still the best ever in my book of all my riding. Also try Clear Creek at Sardis, good workout! These are good for intermediates, but for beginners Ruston LA trails.



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Review Date
February 9, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dabean80 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
BAD DIRECTIONS! The spot on the map is in the wrong spot, the road into the national forest is 4 miles west of Meadville off of 84/98. There is no sign for the park if you come from the east, so look for ClEAR SPRINGS RD on the south side. Great trail! It doesn't dry very well, so I wouldn't ride if it has rained in the last week. A few technical spots but nothing hairy, just losts of fun and a pretty decent workout. Hands down the best ride within 100 miles, and certainly that far south. I drove 3 hours to ride it and it was worth the drive, would have made more sense if there where more than just me in the car. Oh ya, now its $5 per car not $3, and they do have a guy that checks licence plates so I wouldn't try and scam. Pay your money, it's worth it.

Recommended Route:
I went CC, first on Mills Branch, then on Richardson Creek, I didn't ride Tally's Creek. Mills Branch was dryer, both awsome.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I'd say this is as much fun as Oak Mountain in Burmingham, maybe.



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Review Date
November 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: garyismith ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There's a lot of leaf litter on the trails this time of year. That combined with a little rain makes climbing difficult. My tires kept loosing traction on the uphills- had to do some hiking with my biking. The downhills were great and the fall colors on the leaves made for a beautiful experience, despite the trouble they gave me on the climbs.
Camping there was a pleasure, but bring everything you need; this place is 30 miles from the nearest town.

Recommended Route:
We did all of Mills Branch in the morning, and is was a workout. Did about half of Richardson's Creek after lunch and a long nap. It gets dark out there around 5 pm. We bailed and took a gravel road back to camp. The roads provide a fun way to enjoy some good downhill routes where you can then bail and ride the roads back up.
Don't miss the trail around the lake. It's short, but has some of the more technical riding of anything we rode; plus it's right there by the campsites.



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Review Date
August 15, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: beauxp ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Other post that the trails are closed is not true and longer. All trails are open and in great shape. I am a local and have been on these trails about 6 times in the last month.

Recommended Route:
Talley is the longest and hardest. Mills Branch is the shortest but the 2nd to hardest. Richardson is easier of the three but the middle one when it comes to length.

If it is summer when you go. Carry bug repelent and watch for the banana spiders who like to spin their webs across the trail



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