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Bothwell Lodge State park

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Bothwell consists of two basic trails. The main trail is 2.8 miles of singletrack through the woods and grassland. It''s got mild hills and has a decent amount of rocks and roots. There are a few small, washed out areas that came up fast and required hard braking to avoid an endo. Once you get to the end of the dirt trail, there''s another .2 mile ride on pavement to get back to the parking area. The ride is worth the drive if you live in Sedalia. There aren''t many places to ride around here. This is a beginner trail. The second trail is only listed as .75 miles, but there are a few side trails, so you might be able to squeeze an extra half mile out of it. It is quite technical with a lot of rocks, downed trees, small drops. It''s all fairly steep downhill from the trail head and it''s kinda rough getting back up once you reach the bottom. Unlike the main trail, this does not have a sign saying it is for biking. I stopped at the lodge office and confirmed that it is ok to ride it. I was warned that it was very rough for biking and they weren''t kidding. This trail is at least intermediate.
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Trail Directions
From I-70 go south on Hwy 65 about 13 miles and keep an eye out for the small, brown park signs. Turn left at the road the sign indicates. From Sedalia, go north on Hwy 65 about 5 miles and keep an eye out for the small, brown park signs. Turn right at the road the signs indicate. Once your're on that road, you'll see the park entrance on the left after about a 1/2 mile. If you want to get to the 2.8 mile trail, turn left when you see the playground on your left. The trail head is at the last parking lot and starts by the lone picinic bench. To get to the short trail, keep going straight and pass the playground area. Park near the lodge. The trail head is just to the left of the lodge office.
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.75 - 3.0 Miles
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Review Date
June 19, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: Storm27m ,  Weekend Warrior

I forgot to mention that this is a hiking/biking trail only. No horses allowed. I had a good time, even though it is a short ride. If you ride the 2.8 mile trail and turn right onto the gravel it's only a 1/2 mile or so to the short trail. If you ride both trails and then ride back to the 2.8 mile trails parking area you can eek out about a 6 mile ride. The short trail is a lot harder to ride than the long trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Knob Noster State Park when the new trail opens. As of 6/19/06, it is not open yet.

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