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Swan Creek

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Swan Creek is a lot like Chadwick. Rough terrian, but more moderate with open glades. There is a lot of thick undergrowth in the summer. You should ride with someone familiar with the trail system. This trail is best in the winter when Chadwick is sloppy and wet.
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Latitude
37.215278
Longitude
-93.298056
Trail Directions
From Springfield, take US 65 south to Ozark. Take the second Ozark exit, Highway 14, east to Sparta. Just past Sparta, Highway 14 forks. Take the right fork, Highway 125, through the town of Chadwick. GO PAST THE FAMOUS CHADWICK PARK. Continue on Highway 125 and the main entrance to Swan Creek will show up on your left on Forest Road 533. Park in the bottoms near the creek. This entrance is popular among Ozark horsemen and women. You can ride from here as I have several times, but there is actually a better entrance to access mountain biking terrain. I think that entrance is off highway UU on the eastern side of the recreation area. For more detailed directions contact a local bike shop, like Cycles Unlimited in Springfield -- the older guys know how to get there in style. GET A MAP OF SWAN CREEK BY CALLING THE AVA RANGER DISTRICT AT (417) 683-4428.
Trail Length
20 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Springfield
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Review Date
May 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Barry , from Columbia

Summary:
Swan Creek is a beatiful wooded area with big hills and clear streams. Tin Top is so fast and the side loops offer nice technical challenges. Swan Creek is also a perfect example of the yin and yang of horses. Without equestrians, these trails wouldn't exist. Without horses, these trails wouldn't be as beat-up as they are. Instead of staying in line through wet areas, they fan out and create squelching mud pits dozens of feet wide. I strongly suggest a full suspension rig for the rock ledges and dried hoof-print holes. The rocky hills were great and will seriously test most bikers in either direction (though mostly as uphills). Serious DH fans should head to Chadwick. This area was designated for protection by Clinton in his Roadless Areas initiative. Although Bush reversed that protection, the Mark Twain Forest apparently still manages the area as a non-motorized area(just without any long-term legal assurance that ATVs won't eventually come in.)

Recommended Route:
I took Tin Top Ridge, "6107", from the UU trailhead to its end at Swan Creek and the Bar K Wrangler Camp on the south end of the area (~4.6 miles). After crossing the knee-deep creek at Bar K, avoid the numerous double-tracks to the left. Instead, turn right (upstream) and ride through the camp sites to where the trail heads back into the woods on the northeast side of the field. Back in the trees, I picked up 6101 (Math Branch?) and managed to follow it through multiple creek crossings and back up a nice long hill to its intersection with 6107/Tin Top. Excluding my detours, I figure that loop would run about 9 miles. I'd have to recommend it as the simplest route to a first-timer. The second edition of Henry's Mountain Bike the Ozarks is the best guide I've seen for this area. Don't miss the cool horseshoe-shaped falls across the Math Branch.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Busiek, Chadwick and Sac River would round out a nice long road trip. Nice camping is possible off of UU.



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Review Date
April 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: James Potts , from Pittsburg Ks.

Summary:
Tin Top Ridge is great, wide double track few rocks and small hills. Bald Knob sucks Deep mud holes eight inches deep and rocks eight inches high. Matt Branch is nice but the mile long hill at the head of the hollow sucks. Good for week end warriors.

Recommended Route:
Take Hiway 125 south from Garrison, Turn north on Hiawy UU. Take the second trail head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sac River



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Review Date
January 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Ian , from Nixa, MO

Summary:
This trail is a real jewel. Not a lot of people ride here, though, so you'll probably have some privacy. Very technical downhills. As technical as most things in Chadwick, actually. However, no big drops or ledges. There is one you can make at the bottom of the hill on 6112 if you follow the aforementioned route. When you come to the bottom of the hill right before the little creek crossing, you can vier off to the right and there is about a 5 foot drop. I don't have the hair yet to do it, but my buddy and I cleared a path to it for you while we were trying to muster up the sack, so be my guest. On the way back, if you loop back to UU, you will enjoy 3 very nice little dirt jumps going the opposite direction on 6107. I think we must have went back and forth on this section 6 or 7 times. (Tommy Likey). I must reitterate what the previous reviewer said about Sports Xtreme. You won't find a nicer or more helpful bunch of freaks around here. I think MOST of the bike shop employees around here are good people, but that place is MY SHOP, baby. The first time I ever stepped foot in the place, I was invited to ride with the guys there and came away with tons of useful info. Go there.

Recommended Route:
Go toward Chadwick on Hwy 125. Turn left on T Hwy, take the SECOND UU junction. Drive until you see a very small, easy to miss wooden sign that says "Tin Top Ridge" leading to some old doubletrack. Park here and start your ride. You will soon come to a gate. Ride around it. You are on Trail 6107. Go right when you get to the 6104 junction. Take this until you see 6112 singletrack to the left. Immediate wicked-steep, rocky downhill. I can't remember how to loop back because I'm not looking at my map. Get a copy of "Mountain Bike The Ozarks". Real helpful.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Busiek, Chadwick, Ridge Runner, My Nuts



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Review Date
December 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tony , from springfield Missouri

Summary:
This trail is bad ass plenty of climbing and really fun downhills. The trails arn't marked correctly at all so bring water and food due to a good chance of getting lost. Also watch out for the crazy redneck who will damn near kill you if you step one foot on his land, so if you see barbed wire fencing running throught the trail cross it at your own risk. If you want to ride out there and want to have a good time call the guys at Sports Xtreme in springfield. those guy's love to ride and are always riding out there.

Recommended Route:
same as above



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Review Date
September 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Landon , from Branson

Summary:
I posted the original review of these trails as Bar K wrangler camp trails, which is the sign that you will see off of hwy 125. The actual name of the area is Swan Creek. The UU hwy entrance the other reviewer was talking about is the best place to start. There is a small wooden sign that says TIN TOP RIDGE. This is the best place to start in the winter because if you start on the hwy 125 side you have to cross Swan Creek which is not allways that small.

Recommended Route:
Tin Top Ridge off of UU

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Busiek, Chadwick, Sac, Lake Leatherwood Ark



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