Chadwick is a large part with 100 miles of trails. You can find everything from 1' singletrack to full on jeep roads. The only rule is steep and rugged. Many portions of the trails are really washed out from the motorcycles, making some climbs virtually impossible. The geographical layout consists of several ridges and hollows, fanning out from H highway like fingers on a hand. If you know your way around or read the map carefully you can plan your rides along ridges, utilizing the steeps for some serious downhill action. Once you've bottomed out, you can ride the hollows back and make a quick walkup or steep climb and do it again. Read the map carefully or go with an experienced Chadwick veteran. If you ask the dirt bikers what trails are good they'll not send you on good bicylec trails, just there favorite roosting grounds. 108 is a must do, a mile downhill with numerous big air jumps that left the people from Bike magazine raving. 101, ran from the family use area to Flybow hollow and back is another good run.
You get some great views of the Ozark hills. Most ridges peak at about 1350 feet, with the hollows at about 1000 feet. Be prepared to do some climbing, but its well worth it. The dominant surface texture is loose rock with exposed tree roots, embedded rocks, and lots of ledges on downhill drops. Most trails are wide and fast, offering several different lines to choose from. This trail network still yields new stuff to me after a year and a half of near-weekly riding. You'll never run out of trail. This place will either make a biker out of you or kill you. A must ride for anyone who considers themselves a serious technical rider.
Take 65 highway south from Springfield to the highway 14 Ozark exit. Go east through Ozark, Sparta, Oldfield, and finally Chadwick (don't blink). Buy a permit at Kay's store in Chadwick (it's the only one) and turn south on H highway. You will encounter two campgrounds on the west side of the road about 3 and five miles from the H highway junction, Camp Ridge and Cobb Ridge. Follow the brown forestry signs to the camgrounds. Maps are available at Kay's store, from the Ava Ranger Station, and are often stocked at the trailheads. Trailheads are everywhere. 113 is a good trail that leads out from Camp ridge in both directions, wrapping aropund the day use area parking lot, and will lead you to numerous connectors. From Cobb Ridge you can take 171, the main dirt road, to 101 which starts at a family use area where you will find several trailheads.
Summary: Group of 8 riding weekend of Sept 23 were the first to have a bike stolen out of camp ground. KTM 300 stolen while we sleeping saturday night. Was in the area this weekend and stopped by Kay's to make sure flyer was still posted and found out that a total of 7 bikes have been stolen. KEEP YOUR BIKES LOCKED.
Review Date October 15, 2012
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 4 of 5
Technical Difficulty 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a year
Reviewed by: Kevin
Summary: Hello fellow Chadwick riders,
Looking for some eyes and giving a heads up. Me and a group of 10 guys were just down there this past weekend and had 4 of our bikes stolen. We primitive camp right off fireroad 171 and trail 140. We had 2 rvs 1 bumper pull and 2 trailers. We loaded the bikes up sat night, chained the trailer to the rv and woke up Sunday morning to 4 stolen bikes right off the trailer hooked to the rv we were sleeping in. mine was a 09 ktm 530 xc-w, the others were a gas gas trials, ktm 525 exc, and a ktm 300. I know it’s a long shot but the more people I tell the better odds we can catch these low life pieces of shi..t and you might not go thru what we are. If you see anything suspicious just right a tag down and email me. I know these low life’s had to case us out and more than likely are locals. The local sheriff’s don’t seem to give a shi..t so I have some hook ups and doing my own due diligence.
Thanks for any help and lock your bike up!!!!
Review Date May 18, 2012
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 5 of 5
Technical Difficulty 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: dgreene2010
Summary: Big climbs, big descents, big rocks. I've probably only covered 5-10% of these trails in the last 8 months...probably 100+ miles of trail here. I usually start at the first trailhead by 113 and you can go in any direction from there. This place is made primarily for dirt bikes/ATVs so the climbs are steep (hike-a-bike in many places) and the downhills are fast and filled with ledges, drops, and loose rocks the size of your foot. If you're going to ride Chadwick, BRING A MAP OR SOMEONE FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA, or you WILL get lost. Full suspension with plenty of travel (26":160+, 29": 120+), a full face helmet and as much protection as you've got, and lots of water/beer are recommended...water to wash off the blood and beer to celebrate making it back alive. This isn't Colorado DH, but it IS steep and technical and if you crash, chances are you're landing on rock. I've heard that people have ridden this on a rigid, but personally I don't believe it...my Niner RIP9 soaks it up but I wouldn't ride it with anything less. If you've got the equipment and the stones, I recommend checking this place out. Tons of fun and some of my favorite trail in Missouri.
Recommended Route: With 100+ miles there's something for everyone
Other recommended trails in the same area: Busiek, Sac River, White River Valley, Chubb, Castlewood, Klondike, Leatherwood, Slaughter Pen
Summary: ALL I CAN SAY I PUT YOUR GAME FACE ON BEFOF YOU HIT THE TRAIL IF YOUR LOOKINH FOR A EXTREME RIDE AND IT WILL FIND YOU. YES CHADWICK MO IS BY NO MEANS CHILDS PLAY IT HAS THE MOST EXTREME TRAILS I HAVE EVER RODE I HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE WICK SINCE 1999 OUR CLUB (CLUB WFO) MIGHT BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST CLUBS TO HIT THE TRAILS AT ONE TIME. WE ALL RIDE EXTREME TRAILS SO OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE IS THE WICK FOR THE EXTREME TRAILS. THEY SAY IF YOU CAN RIDE CHADWICK YOU CAN RIDE ANYWARE IN THE WORLD THIS PLACE IS A MUST IF YOU LIKE TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH HILL CLIMBS,ROCK CLIMBS AND DOWN HILL RUNS 126 OFF OF 171 IS AN ADRENALINE RUSH AT ABOUT 30 OR 40 MPH GOING DOWN THE TWISTS AN TURNS AND CLIFFS TO JUMP OFF AND A REAL TEST OF YOU AND YOUR BIKE TO GET UP AND DAIRY QUEEN HILL 124B I HAVE TO SAY IS VERRY UNFORGIVEN I HAVE SEEN THIS HILL TAKE OUT MORE RIDERS AND BLOWN MOTORS UP THEN I CAN COUNT I'VE SEEN KNEE CAPS RIPPED OFF ARMS HANDS AND LEGS BROKE MY SON OF 19 THEN BROKE HIS SPLEEN IN HALF ON A HUGE ROCK CLIMB AT THE TOP OF DQ LIKE I SAID THIS IS A EXTREME RIDING PARK THE DOWN HILL RUNS ARE FAST AND DANGER LURKS AROUND EVERY CORNER. THIS PLACE WILL TEST MAN AND MACHINE AGAINST THE MOST BRUTAL AND WICKED TRAILS IN MISSOURI THERE ARE NICE OPEN TRAILS THAT I STARTED ALL 7 OF MY KIDS RIDEING ON I COULD GIVE YOU TRAIL NUMBERS ALL DAY LONG TO RIDE ON BUT I DONT NO WHAT KINDA RIDEING YOU DO WE RIDE THERE YEAR ROUND EVEN IN THE SNOW OUR VIDS CAN BE FOUND ON YOU TUBE UNDER MY1960PANEL OR CLUB WFO ON ALMOST ANY WEB SIGHT. HERE IS A LINK TO VIDS SO YOU CAN GET AN IDEA OF WHAT THE WICK IS LIKE. http://www.youtube.com/user/MY1960PANEL
we go down once a month for our club rides some times one or two more times a month just so we can ride there this place is a blast our vids will show you what i can't put in to words
my nane is mike aka animal #69 of club wfo my email is MY1960PANEL@YAHOO.COM let us know when your going down and we might see you there any excuse for us go to the wick is a good one and meeting people down there and showing them around will work for us
Recommended Route: Recommended Route I HAVE NONE BUT WHAT EVER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS OUT THERE WATING FOR YOU TO COME FINDE IT.
Review Date December 30, 2002
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: Ian
, from Nixa, MO
Summary: I've ridden Chadwick once on a mountain bike and about 20 or 30 times on my motorcycle (God rest its saintly soul). As if the other reviews, legends, and horror stories aren't enough; take it from me: This place will kick your freshly-powdered arse, lassy. I don't care who you are. I've never enjoyed a good spanking until I rode here. Yes, the rumors are true. 4 foot rock ledges on steeeeeep downhills, loose rock galore, fallen logs, trails covered in tree branches, 3 foot deep mudholes, fast descents, impossible climbs, and Satan himself nipping at your heals the whole way. One downhill in particular, I foolishly tried to make an uphill on my motorcycle. STUPID! It took me a solid 2 1/2 hours to make it up the hill. My bike kept dying and I'd have to lift its dead 200 pound weight up and over ledges and logs. I was out there until after 9 p.m. (summertime 2001) and just made it out with enough daylight to see my truck. Anyway, 108 is great. Also, though, if you take 108 heading west from Camp Ridge, you will come to a fork with 108 heading left and I believe it's 130 or 135 heading right. Take 130 or 135 whichever it is, and you will find a downhill with larger manmade dirt jumps. Several in a row. Very very sweet. Much more air than 108. I think that's where it is. I'll confirm it. I'm going there this week, so I'll post another review. By the way, my buddy and I rode Chadwick on a hardtail and a rigid bike. Who's got hair?
Recommended Route: Go to the trials area. I haven't yet, but I've seen pictures and heard stories. WIIIIIICKED! 113 to 108 is popular and yes, very fast and fun.