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The Audubon Trail

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

This trail epitomizes the committing, technical and challenging nature of great Ozark rides. Ride it Clockwise. This trail is marked by gut-busting climbs, exhilerating downhills, rocky creek crossings and a few flat creek bottoms. The trail is fairly well marked with white paint blazes on trees, but you'll have to stop a few times to orient yourself or find the next blaze. The climbs were really burly and several downhills had water-berm jumps between tight, banked curves. On the second half of the trail (after you cross the road the first time) there was an especially intense, steep, rocky and unrelenting downhill. About 1/4 mile after this downhill, the trail may seem to dead end at a gate, just backtrack about 150' feet and look across the creek to find the trail and a white "blaze." Much of the trail is somewhere between singletrack and fireroad. I saw evidence of ATVs and horses, but the trail surface was in great condition. Only good riders in good shape will finish this trail. However, the trail crosses Bidwell Creek Rd three times - allowing for a bail-out if things don't go well. I strongly recommend photocopying and taking the description and topo. map of this trail found in the little grey paperback "Missouri Hiking Trails" by Ramon Gass. Other trail maps were less helpful. If you're ticking the classic Ozark rides, you have to do this one (and you'll probably want a rematch!).
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Latitude
37.75375118616729
Longitude
-90.13810157775879
Trail Directions
The saying "good things don't come easy" is certainly true for the Audubon Trail near the "town" of Womack in St. Genevieve County. The problem is that neither Womack nor Bidwell Creek Rd. have signs. I hope these directions help. At Farmington (~73 miles South of St. Louis on Hwy 67), go East through town 'til you reach the four-way stop at the intersection of Hwy 32 and Hwy OO. Note your mileage at this intersection, the Bidwell Creek Rd. turnoff is 15 miles away. At this intersection, take Hwy OO about 10 miles Southeast 'til you reach a 3-way intersection with Hwy T on your left (East). Turn Left on Hwy T and travel ~5 miles to the "town" of Womack. When you see a sign saying you've entered St. Genevieve County, you're less than a mile from the turnoff. Bidwell Creek Rd. (C.R. 2199)is a gravel road on the left (North) side of Hwy T just after you cross a concrete bridge w/o railings. If you see a sign saying you're back in St. Francois County, you've gone too far. Go 4.6 miles North on Bidwell Cr. Rd. to the trailhead - you'll drop down a long hill and pass the trailhead on the right (South) side of the road just before you cross Bidwell Creek at a low-water ford. Park on the left just past the low-water ford and back track to the trailhead. The trail will finish right back at your car.
Trail Length
12+ miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Farmington
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 8, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jhrojas65 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this trail today and it's in really bad shape. It looked like an interesting trail but it's a shame how worn out it is. ATVs have taken a toll on this trail. It needs urgent maintenance because it could be a really beautiful trail. I did not like the climbs; I rather climbs with switchbacks and not straight uphill like some of the climbs in this trail. I do not think it’s as technical as they say. It’s medium to moderate. There is a lot of beer cans and spent ammunition (scary) al over the trail.

Recommended Route:
The white markings are disappearing. The trail is really difficult to follow. There are some places where you just have to guess what’s next. It took us a lot more time to finish because we got lost very often. Park on road 2199 (Bidwell Creek Road) after the water ford and go on the north side of the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go to Berryman and Council Bluff.



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Review Date
September 22, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Michael Smith , from Farmington, Mo.

Summary:
Trail is in dire need of some repair but it is a very nice ride for the distance just over 7 Mi. long. If taken counter clockwise I have found that you can get the best ride possible. Ridden most recently w/ dowhill pro Garnett Varican and team ODI driver (very tuff for a driver) their exact comments were that this is a great trail... Water, Dirt, Rock, Sand, and a mix of uphills and downhills.Just what a rider is looking for.

Recommended Route:
Stop in the Local Bike Shop Hwy 32 East Next to Autozone. Not the best shop ine state but we have a very helpful staff and are very well trained mechanics!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pim Loop



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Review Date
August 27, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Nick , from Missouri

Summary:
Trail ain't all that.

Recommended Route:
Do not ask the locals for driving directions, they'll screw you every time.



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Review Date
March 31, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Barry , from Columbia, Missouri

Summary:
This beautiful trail is all about grueling uphills leading to wild downhills linked by a few flat creek bottoms. I rode this trail in March '99, two days after a light rain, and the trail surface was in great condition. The Audubon will thoroughly tap your hill climbing ability and challenge your downhilling. Even though it's not overly long, this trail is tough and will take good riders at least 2.5 hrs to finish - barring any break downs. An absolute must-do for experienced riders ticking off the classic Ozark rides!

Recommended Route:
Clockwise. The paint "blazes" would be very difficult to follow from the other direction. There are two viable bail-out points where the trail crosses Bidwell Creek Rd. Take a topo with the trail accurately marked (I suggest the little paperback "Missouri Hiking Trails" by Ramon Gass).



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