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Three Creeks Conservation Area

Average Rating:    (3.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Deep ruts, fast, fun downhills, and plenty of rocks to make your day. A few creek crossings add to the pleasure, and the ruts are sure to suck you in. Also, some really good uphills add to all of it. Good for anyone that enjoys biking, but you probably don't want to start out here.
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Latitude
38.85093816989006
Longitude
-92.2782039642334
Trail Directions
Take highway 63 south from 1-70 for about 8 miles. Once you come to junction AB, make a right on Deer Park road, and follow the gravel road for about 3 miles. You will see a sign for the area, and you want to make a left here to one of the two parking lots.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Columbia
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Review Date
June 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: tina ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Grateful that all of our tax dollars have provided such a nice place for everyone to enjoy. As horses are not allowed to impede traffic out on the streets, the trails are perfect and safe place for our entire family, including our children. The trails are great. Be sure and call before going incase it is to wet to ride.

Recommended Route:
Take your pick as they are all great.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gan's Creek



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Review Date
October 13, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: f3rg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
After a hiatus for a few years, I returned to this trail this summer to see if I still hated it. Well, I don't hate it anymore, but I hate how it's taken care of:

In many sections, the single track is overly narrow due to surrounding growth, much of which is poison ivy.

The State does a horrible job of removing downed trees. I had to walk through questionable growth 6 times in one part of the park due to fallen trees laying over the trail.

Hicks on horses (equestrian is too good a word for them; they repeated ride here when it's muddy, only to ruin the land even more) have completely detroyed many sections. If you can find a good line next to the ruts, go for it, but be very cautious. Also, try not to spin out your rear tire in horse droppings.

If these horseback riders are present during your ride, and if they have a dog with them, I promise it will not be on a leash. Pray it's small or at least friendly.

Now, for the good: the trails are well marked; if you have the skills, they're rideable (mostly); the main trail loops around, so you can easily find your way back; many days it's so quiet out here that you truly feel isolated from the rest of the world (BRING WATER!!).

Recommended Route:
Start at the nearly secret parking lot off Tomlin Hill Rd (Hwy 63 to 163, turn onto Fox Lane, and continue onto Tomlin). The parking lot is marked by a row of mailboxes on your right. When you turn onto the drive, you'll see a Private Drive sign. Ignore it; I believe the people who live off that drive put it there to make the parking lot difficult for others to find. The trailhead begins just North of the actual parking area and heads downhill. Cross the dry creek bed at the bottom, going to your left. You'll see a tiny yellow marker where the trail continues on the other side. Be sure to take a map if this is your first time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
R.B. because it's close by and less remote, better maintained.



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Review Date
July 11, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bjmn7d ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My wife and I just rode this trail 7/7/07. This trail offers some fun downhills and many climbs. Some areas are very tight with those stinging weeds that feel like they slice your legs, but it is not that bad. Some of the downhills can be fairly technical due to the rocks, but really fun. There is also one hill that has 2 jumps that can make for a crazy ride down if you try to get some air. The previous posters were definitely right about the mud pits and lets not forget about the enormous amount of excretion horses leave. Can someone be hired to clean up the horse poop? Well if not, then it makes for an interesting afternoon of relaying the message that there is poop ahead.

Recommended Route:
We parked off of Deer Park Rd., went through the gate, and followed the gravel road until we got to the horse/bike trail to the left (south). Take that to the creek fork and you will be able to see the trail continue either across to the right or the left. If you take the right trail, it will take you through the tight singletrack area with a cool cave and eventually lead up a climb that connects back with the original gravel road. If you take the left trail, it will climb a hill (fun to take down) and eventually pass through a gravel road at the edge of the park (Meyer Ln) and bring you back to the trail. You will pass through a fast downhill area in a field that caused me to fly off of my bike because I got caught in the deep rut. The crash was actually kind of fun and my wife was relieved when I jumped up and laughed. Anyway, you can actually avoid the rut by riding right beside it and then you will encounter the downhill section with a couple of jumps that were pretty fun. This will take you back to the original creek fork. We reversed and took this section again so we could enjoy the technical, rocky downhill that we had to climb at the beginning of this loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rockbridge, Rhett's Run, Grindstone



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Review Date
June 23, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: SPShocker91 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have only ridden this trial once.... and I can not say I was too impressed.... first we fond what we thought was a mountain bike trial.... but there were no markings on it at all.... this trial was the funnest trail we did all day...It was probably about a one mile loop (like I said it was not marled at all).... it was actually very diffacult and it had one probably 7' drop off that I didnt try because i didnt really feel like getting hurt and some steep uphill..... however after we rode it we finally found another trial which we later found out was hiking only (the trail markings suck) this trail was long and boaring... after that we found a really rocky creek bed to ride for some challenge.... finally we found our way back to the parking lot and procedded to ride a boaring horse trail because we couldnt find anything else... next week im going back with a friend who knows the area and ill revise this review

Recommended Route:
from the far arking lot make a left into the field and turn right onto an unmarked trail (it loops) thats the only fun and challenging trail i could mmanage to find

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Binder Park, Rockbridge State Park is decent



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Review Date
August 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Eric Anderson ,  Cross Country Rider , from Joplin, MO

Summary:
Question for locals: are the singletrack trails here legal? The trailhead I took (see below) didn't say no bikes but when I got back into the trails I started seeing those no bikes signs everywhere! The singletrack is NOT ridable in the summer - too overgrown, to the point that weeds will clog your drivetrain and cause massive misshifting.

Also, the MO conservation department is doing some screwy stuff out here. Many climbs that would otherwise be fun are totally unrideable due to railroad style ballast rock being laid on the hills, probably in a well-intentioned but misguided attempt to prevent the spread of the rampant horse damage and erosion caused by equestrian use. Many of the narrower sections of the bike/horse trail are horse crap mud pits completely chewed up and unridable.

This location is great for someone who wants to stick to the broad horse/bike path, cranking out some good speed and climbs. Don't ride here if carry through rocks and mud pits bothers you.

This could be a first-class location, but MO mtn bikers would need to work to get bikes classified with hikers, legalized the s-track, maintain it to reduce weeds and trail damage.

The bottom line here

Recommended Route:
I accessed the park from highway AB off 63 south from Columbia. I followed the directions provided by Barry, taking the trailhead at the east side of the gravel parking lot, the one marked with a "hiker" icon sign.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rockbridge, Grindstone and Cosmo are all horse-free.



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