This is a web of jeep roads. They are all very rocky and the climbs are unclimbable in several places, because they are so steep and washed out. Trail erosion is rampant here, and in some places there is a 2-3 foot gorge in between the two singletracks that make up a jeep road. The only place that this doesn't occur is a sweet downhill on the east side of the main loop, the connector to Highway 65. I guess you could get to the trails from Highway 65, but you would have to ride up this downhill, which is the metaphorical diamond in the rough out here.
Go toward Branson on Highway 65. The second overpass either way will be Highway 248. Get on this and go west. 248 will turn north. Follow it until it turns west again. Right before this happens, right after the Mel Tillis Theatre (this IS Branson, after all) there will be a road called Flynn Road, going east. There is a sign that says, "Future Connection to Highway 65" at the trailhead.
Reviewed by: Landon Monholland
, from Kissee Mills Mo.
Summary: I think someone should review this trail besides the guy that whined so much. His description is a little off base. Yes, it is steep, and yes, it has some difficult climbs. This trail is worth doing at least once. The long downhills are a blast. Ive never even ventured off the main trail, so I may be missing even more of what the area has to offer. If anyone would like to go riding, give me an email. And dont forget your waterback pack thingy........ (camel back)
Review Date May 8, 1999
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Richard Styron
, from Branson, MO
Summary: I lost my mountain bike virginity to this trail some three and a half years ago. Since then, I have polished my skills, cut myself, patched flats, flatted, slept, guided people, raced among friends, gone night riding, and just about any other activity one may desire to do on a mountain bike. I love this trail, not only for sentimental value but for sheer diversity, and I am not about to give it up. The private property no tresspasing sign there is wrong; this land was annexed by the City of Branson some time ago, and it is open to the public. But because of people taking their trucks and jeeps out there at odd hours of the night, someone who lives in the vicinity put the sign up so they could sleep. This trail continues to challenge me after years of riding. The dropoffs and steeps never loose their appeal. It is also very fun to fly and stay in the large ring for as long as possible. As an added bonus, Downhill Bikes and Accessories is less than a mile away on Highway 248. Go in there and talk to Craig, Ty, or Itchy about the trail, and maybe they will ride with you.
Recommended Route: When you come to the trailhead, go straight for a little and then turn left. Follow the main drag all the way around, or when you come to the "crossroads" on the first long flat section, follow it east to 65.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Chadwick, Chadwick, Buseik, Buffalo National River, Sac River, Chadwick, Moccassin Gap and Chadwick.
Review Date April 21, 1999
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Please Select
Reviewed by: Dan
, from Branson, Missouri, USA
Summary: Well, I just got back from my little biking excursion on this trail that I guess will be called the 248 Trail. It was a bitch...lots of long, steep, rocky hills. At first, I arrived at the area I heard I could park...there wasn't much of a parking spot, just an area where you can park on the side of the dirt road. The first thing I noticed at the beginning of the trail was a sign that said "No Tresspassing"! The whole trail is pretty much a dirt/clay road that kind of looks like something out of Arkansas. I started off, and on my right was the back yards of a few lower income houses - one had a caged rotweiller; another a couple of scrappy dogs running around the yard littered with toys. The trail pretty much went down really steep, or up really steep. Not many areas to cool off and ride flat. A few times the trail went through a little creek. Or should I said "crick". I arrived at this old, run down barn and after seeing a few empty shotgun shells on the way, decided to turn back! The main highlight of the trail was that I saw a wild turkey, which became startled and started running away in the woods like a dumbass! I've heard turkeys are so dumb, that when it rains, they sometimes will look up at the sky with their mouth open and drown themselves! I also saw the remnants of where some dumbass took a dump. That's always nice to see. I would have enjoyed it much more if I would have had one of those water backpacks...I had no water with me, so that really sucked! It was sunny and hot...so I won't ride again until I get one! So, overall it was a nice trail as long as you have your water...which is what you're supposed to have anyway. I don't think it is as good as Busiek trail though. I give it a 5.67 rating
Recommended Route: Just follow the road...watch out for farmers with shotguns!