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University Forest

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

This trail was two firsts for me, a trail open to mtb on Department of Conservation land, and a decent trail in SEMO. Trail is marked for and used by horses but open to bikers also. Good use of terrain, no killer hills, medium rocky, nice varied hardwood forest, few stream crossings, some gravel roads, and one paved county road (Butler County #507). Could be long and challenging for beginners but very fast for intermediate or better riders. Blazed with white diamonds, yellow rectangles, and yellow horse signs. Trail map at Route W trailhead parking (1 mile North of KK on W, then 0.5 miles east). Almost worth the trip and definitly worth checking out if stuck in Poplar Bluff. But then anything is worth checking checking out if stuck in Poplar ...
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Latitude
36.899940020828446
Longitude
-90.38383483886719
Trail Directions
4.2 miles west of Route T on Route KK. Trail head parking on south. Map available at Dept of Conservation home page, use Conservation Atlas, search by name using University Forest.
Trail Length
16 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Wappapello
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
January 29, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: trsrdr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail has a lot of potential. As previous reviewers stated, it is on Conservation land and runs up and down some rocky hills through typical midwest woods and also traverses several creeks, some can be fairly deep after a rain. The trail needs some maintenance and unfortunately less horse traffic as they are really tearing up the trail in places to the point you have to carry your bike around sections due to muddy potholes created by hoofs. They must be riding 2 ton horses right after rains to make some of the holes. Anyway, while riding 1/27/07, we stopped a couple of times to clear some downed tree branches where other "users" had merely gone around, making more of a mess. There are also sticker bushes growing along the trail so be careful. Rugged tires and tubes are recommended along with a fair amount of air pressure to avoid flats due to rocks and pinch flats. With a reasonable amount of work, this could be really good trail, instead of just a good trail. It's definitely worth the trip and effort to ride as it is, but if the locals near Poplar Bluff would ride it more, I think it'd be exceptional. We drove about an hour to ride it, and will be back as often as possible and when we're not driving about two hours to ride the Canal Loop over at Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky.
Ride it, do some maintenance while you're there and enjoy it.

Recommended Route:
There is a parking area on Route KK, from there, riding clockwise is probably more difficult for climbs, but ends with a nice fast section. Either way is good.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The only other trail I attempted was the Wapappello Trail and don't recommend it. I may try it again as it's been a few years since the last time. There are few trails in this part of the country, but we need more. The Poplar Bluff area should lend itself to more trails as the terrain is good and there is ample acreage to support many miles of trails.



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Review Date
July 7, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: raduteo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It's a decent singletrack trail, don't venture there after heavy rain, creeks can go high and muddy. You can return on the same route on close the loop on KK road.

Recommended Route:
Trailhead is 0.9 miles from the W-KK intersection.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Johnson trac trail in Wappapello State Park



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