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Branched Oak State Recreational Area

Average Rating:    (3.44 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

These trails are a little rough, but are fun, and some what technical too. Couple of cool downhills.
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Latitude
40.97989806962013
Longitude
-97.734375
Trail Directions
From Lincoln, Take Highway 34 west until you see a Power Substation on the left. Turn North There. Follow the highway Unitl you run into the lake. Take a left and follow highway unitl you see a sign for Area 7. Follow the sign untill you get to the office, and you can get a map there. The best trail is in Area 7.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Malcolm
   


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Review Date
August 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: S-WorksLewis ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Branched Oak Area #7 is a great intermediate trail. It has some gut wrenching climbs in the prairie but also some fun downhills to. Branched Oak Area #7 is nescessarely a technical trail but has some cool rock parts and descends.

Recommended Route:
Counter Clock Wise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wagontrain



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Review Date
May 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jomalley ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode area 1 not long ago. I found it to be a nice challenge with grinding up-hills, and fast down hills. And then reapeat that up..down for aprox 5 miles. I give it a 4 because the hills are a nice change of pace and the close proximity to lincoln.

Recommended Route:
I only rode it clock wise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I ride wilderness alot.



Comments
jomalley (06/29/2009)
I rode area 7, 6-28-09. Not bad, its not as steep as area 1, but the hills are long so you can get alot of speed going down hill. The trail isn't broke in all the way, but given more time it will be a nice fast ride.
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Review Date
April 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Fisherider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Area 1 is a fun ride through the trees. Great usage of the hills and other natural features that make the trail flow really well. About 5 miles in Area 1. Area 7/8 has another 5 miles, but is not nearly as fun. Way to much grass track. It will eventually get better as the trail gets beaten into the grass, but right now it is a real grind. The middle portion in the trees is fun, but not worth a second lap. I'd ride two laps at area 1 and then cool down at area 7.

Recommended Route:
Both are one way trails. Both go clockwise. Area 1 could go either way, but area 7 is for sure clockwise. My 4 rating comes from Area 1 with area 7 being an add on.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Platte
Jewell
Swanson
Wilderness
Tranquility Any THOR trail seems to be a good one



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Review Date
July 3, 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: HUSKERS ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trails are at area 1 camp site on the south side of the lake. The trails have a little bit of everything. It’s got some good hills to climb and go down. The trails through the trees are nice with lots of sharp turns. For Nebraska it’s not bad riding. So if you’re looking at getting away for some riding and maybe some fishing go to area 1. This is also the spot where they race for the state games this year.

Recommended Route:
Take 79 north from Lincoln to Raymond Rd and go West. You will come up to a T section were you can go North or West. Go west for about half a mile or so and it will be on your North side. Just look for Area 1.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Platte River State Park
Wilderness Park (Lincoln)



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Review Date
May 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jacob_hi ,  Racer

Summary:
it's not a very difficult or technical trail, but it's a nice workout. it starts off as a mowed prairie, but then it goes into the woods and has some moderate technicals. the speed you get on the first hill going clockwise is a lot of fun, plus it's a lot easier to ride than going counter-clockwise.

if you decide to go counter-clockwise, the singletrack turns into a pretty deep rut, so it can get kind of technical ... you have to make sure you keep your pedals centered or else they'll eat the sides of the rut and you'll be off the bike (probably not in a "good" way. LOL!).

CAUTION: A MILE INTO THE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TRAIL ROUTE @ AREA 7, THE TRAIL IS PRETTY TRASHED UP WITH FALLEN FOLIAGE -- IT LOOKS AS THOUGH A TORNADO RIPPED DOWN SMALL TREES AND BUSHES. THE FOLIAGE IS THICK AROUND THE COVERAGE OF THE TRAIL, SO YOU CANNOT "HIKE-A-BIKE" AROUND IT. MISQUITOS ARE BAD TOO, TAKE PLENTY OF BUG SPRAY!!!

today was the first time checking out the trails there. i went to AREA 7. the trails were a bit damp, and in some areas the trails were the dreaded Nebraska "peanut butter" -- which coats the tires aggressively.

if conditions are dry, im sure the trails are a lot more fun to ride. im going to go back in a week or so after the weather clears up a bit and ride again and write another review.

Recommended Route:
once you're in the Malcolm, NE area there are a lot of signs that point to Branched Oak State Recreational Area -- just follow those signs. when you get to Branched Oak, follow the signs that point to AREA 7. these are the only decent mountain biking trails that i know of at Branched Oak.

PARK @ AREA 7: follow the brown signs to AREA 7, you'll eventually come to some really small YELLOW signs that say "caution: bike crossing" ... go past them, you'll come to a road that shoots off to the left, turn there and follow it to the parking area.

$4 for a single day park entry permit.
$20 for a year (good at Platte River State Park, and all throughout Nebraska.)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Platte River State Park, Wilderness Park



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