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White River Valley Trail System

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

This trail is brand new, having been opened to the public as of June 15, 2011. Don't get it mixed up with the paved Dewey Short trail nearby. This trail is all offroad. They haven't released maps to the public yet, although they showed me the map they have in progress. The trail is made up of 5 small loops, all 1 - 2.5 miles in length apiece. Each loop has connectors to the next loop so riders can ride every loop, or just run teh outside ciruit all the way around which I believe would be about 10.5 miles to do. I rode 2 laps on the red loop yesterday, which is about 2.5 miles around. The trailhead marker I placed on the map is for the Red trail. This trail is SUPERB. Professional in every way built by a combination of park staff, professional trail builders, and volunteer organizations. I have never had more fun on a trail than I did riding that red loop yesterday. The Red loop is beginner to intermediate and contains advanced bump outs for more adventurous riders. The advanced bump outs are well marked with signs and black trail markers. Connectors to other loops are marked with white trail markers and numbered. Red has a lot of fun, fast downhill sections and of course a little bit of nominal climbing. There are a couple of intermediate technical sections where new riders may want to hike a bike, but those are not the rule. This trail makes the system out at Busiek state park look pretty rough (since it IS pretty rough). Im thrilled to have a trail of this quality right in town! The Red trailhead is still under construction so park across hiway 165 at the park office, and ride over to Red, its only about a half mile. The park office is open at least until 5, sometimes as late as 8:00 PM and the staff there is friendly and loves to share info about the new mountain bike trail system.
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Latitude
36.58534681016873
Longitude
-93.31263542175293
Trail Length
10.25 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Branson
State/Territory/Province
MO
Zip/Postal Code
65616
Country
US
Web Address
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: edecor8 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very simple trail. Easy, fun little ride. nothing too notable.

Recommended Route:
So short doesnt really matter



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Review Date
October 3, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bob Myers ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The White River Valley Trail System is nestled in the Ozark Mtns. and located in Table Rock St. Park in Branson, Mo. It opened in 2011 and is now finished. It has 4 loops w/ connectors totaling 11.55 mi. The Red Loop is 2.5 mi. and has 120' of elevation change. The Blue Loop is 3 mi. and has 400' of elevation gain. The Orange Loop is .6 mi. and has an elevation difference of 110'. The Green Loop is 1.25 mi. and has the highest elevation point on the trail system at 1,200'. The Red & Blue loops have a short connector to cut the loops in half. The Main trail head is at the start of the Red Loop. The Blue and Green loops also have trailheads. This trail is well marked and very well maintained. I rode the entire 11.55 mi. loop on Sun. and the shortened half of
6.4 mi. (for hunting season) today and there were no trees or branches down anywhere.
The entire trail system is hardpack w/ some loose rock scattered throughout and occasional roots and rock ledges. It has excellent "flow" as you speed along the hills on bench-cut or meandering singletrack until you change direction on well designed switchbacks w/ minimal climbing or descending. It's a fast, fun course w/ just enough small drops, dry creek crossings and very small rocky areas to keep you honest. There are scenic views of the Ozarks everywhere. Now, there are two limitations to this trail system.
1) They close the second half of the trails for hunting season from 10/1 to 11/20 and from 12/15 to 12/30 (You can ride the Red Loop and 1/2 of the Blue for a total of 6.4 mi.). 2) They close all the trails for wet weather, so call the park office at 1-417-334-4704 before you come.

Recommended Route:
Once in Branson, take Hwy. 265 to the stoplight for Table Rock St. Park. Turn right and go across the dam. On your left is the Red Trail Head. Go past it to the Park office on your right and get a free map. Park back at the trailhead. The key to maximizing trail length is to ride everything clockwise, always turning left at the connector taking you to the next loop. So, you'll ride the outside half of all the loops first and riding the inside of the loops on the way back for a complete loop of 11.55 mi. (the only thing that is repeated are the three connector loops---on the way out and the way back). You can see this on the map very clearly and the trail is well marked. Of course, for the less ambitious, you can make your ride as short as 1.25 mi. on the Red or Green loops.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The nature of the fast bench-cut and winding singletrack remind me of the upper ridge riding at Hobbs in Bentonville, Ark. and Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs Ark.



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Review Date
September 13, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Peej ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
By far the best trail in the area. Recently reopened the trail has two parking lots and four loops. Every loop is marked by a different color. ( red, blue, orange, and green) Each trail is connected by a numbred connecter trail. The red trail is a nice intermediate trail but that's also where the main trail head is, so there are usually a lot of people "hiking" on that loop. The blue loop has some techie slow switch-backs. The orange and green loops are both very flow-y going up or down... Especially going down. The second parking lot is at the green loop. The tread is mostly hard pack with not too many loose rocks or roots. It can be a little scech-y in dry weather. All around a good trail. Singletrack. Hard climbs. Flow-y downhill sections. Mostly all shaded.

Recommended Route:
All trails. All directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sac River Trail - Springfield, MO
Lake Leatherwood - Eureka Springs, AR



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Review Date
August 25, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: crn ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail. The trail consists of 4 loops with connector trails in between. There are 3 trail heads (one of which is temporarily closed). The 2 main trail heads now have restrooms. There are some fast downhill sections but you have to pay for them as there are a few tough climbs. The toughest climb is on the Blue loop riding counter clockwise. The trail climbs for probably a mile with not much shade because it mostly stays in the powerline right of way. Other than this, the trail is very enjoyable. It has some rocky technical sections but flows nicely. There is a pretty good chance you will have the trail to yourself. I normally do.

Recommended Route:
I like to start at the Trophy Run trail head. I start up the green loop riding clockwise, turn left onto the Orange loop conector, then turn right onto the Orange loop riding counter clockwise, turn right onto the Blue Connector, continue straight as you merge onto the Blue loop riding counter clockwise, turn right onto the Red Connector, ride the Red Loop clockwise, then finish the Blue Loop counter clockwise, turn right up the hill on the Oranger Connector, finish the Orange Loop counter clockwise, then finish up riding the remainder of the Green Loop clockwise. In my opinion, this is the most efficient way to ride the entire trail system.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lake Leatherwood- Eureka Springs, AR
Hobbs State Park- Rogers, AR
Sac River- Springfield, MO



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Review Date
November 22, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: JPMFTR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Ok, so mtbr did not accept the pic/map i submitted. search the forums for a complete map, including the green loop. The only thing not shown on that map is that the red loop has a few spurs in it. they always rejoin though, so you just keep following the red markers.



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