Drywood Creek - Trail, Farlington, Kansas

Drywood Creek - Trail, Farlington, Kansas

DESCRIPTION

Single track around lake. A few hills west of dam. Lots of roots and rocks.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 29, 2013]
offroadgator
Cross Country Rider

What a freaking waste- If you are camping at the park, bring a road bike and do laps around the park. Don't bother riding this trail- It is not maintained at all. Huge deadfall with 3 foot grass. I was so frustrated I just gave up and road around the lake. This is a poor excuse for a trail

Customer Service

None - ride the road

Similar Products Used:

None - go north to KC

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1
VALUE
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3
[Aug 27, 2011]
HeadFirst!
Weekend Warrior

Freaking terrible. It's a waste really. The trail could be so much more...instead, there was a fallen tree (a big one) 100 yards in from one of the trailheads. Another a mile in to it. Overgrow, riddled with fallen branches, and extremely poorly marked. This trail needs some major TLC and trail signs. It took more time to find where the trail picks up along the numerous road crossings.

Customer Service

Go somewhere else until they fix this place up...seriously, I paid the $4.20 day fee, and they can't even keep the trees off the trail (and they've been down a lllllooonnnggg time).

Similar Products Used:

Go south! Slaughterpen hollow in Rogers...heck, even the local trails here in Joplin are outstandingly better than this trail.

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1
VALUE
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2
[Sep 27, 2006]
GTL
Cross Country Rider

Farlington – Drywood Creek - Crawford State Park.
Definitely a good, fun trail system All sorts of terrain to challenge / enjoy. – just don’t expect any long drawn out climbs – this is Kansas you know! For my tastes full suspension is preferred as there are plenty of rocks and roots, great when dry, treacherous when wet. Main loop runs around the lake for just under 7 miles. There are a few offshoot loops to add to the distance. Either direction is good.

Customer Service

I prefer a clockwise rotation starting from the NW corner of the entry road into the park. Starts out with smooth curvy singletrack, with one big slab rock in the middle of the trail, (great spot to view others attempt at clearing it), gets a bit rockier and a short side hill down to more twisty and then up a short steep climb onto a paved car road, head left and at the bottom of the hill dive into the right and meander again on smooth singletrack, then you have a short steep yahoo drop into a creek bed and up again climbing a short distance and a few turns to a small wooden bridge. After the bridge you can either head left and catch one of these offshoot loops or head right taking you behind the dam and then up the longest climb of the course. Once at the top, again you are scooting along some nice fast swooping singletrack stuff, a few rock gardens and then back across a road into more single track. In the next few miles you get to experience smooth fast single track, (big ring possibilities), as well as gnarly rock gardens and a few steep drops down rocky tiers into ravines and then short climbs and a few shelves that you are going to either leap up and over or have to clear them on foot. There is one short steep left hand switchback that I have yet to clear (someday), and then immediately after… another rock step, which, with the right amount of finesse and momentum can be cleared. You have a few more road crossings, another bridge to cross then up a hill to the left, meandering again through nice tight single track and some awesome rock gardens and root sections – definitely faster is better so you don’t spend too much time going up and down but over and past. At various pints around the trail you do get some great views of the lake, take the time to enjoy. The bizarrest portion of the trail is during the single track section that crosses a variety residences’ front yards. They don’t seem to mind but where it is just front lawnn it might be better to stay on the road – dive back in when the track is within the woods. The finish of this outer loop is at the main day use area, restaurant, boating, playground etc. Two side notes, there is a parking fee – but it does go to the KS park system and results in very nice campgrounds and toilet/shower facilities. Giving you a great place to hang out for a weekend to explore the whole park and trail system. Go try it!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 24, 2006]
GroverGT
Weekend Warrior

Decent trail, technical as they get I think. As mentioned already it is very rocky on the south end with hardtails at a disadvantage. It is a pretty nice loop though, about 7 miles I think. Trail is on the fattire series so it can't be too bad. I think there are 2 sections I haven't climbed, both on the east side. If you been there you probably know where I am talking about. North end gets very muddy with rain. Don't forget to pay your 6.50 ;(

Customer Service

you can ride it clockwise(a bit easier) or counterclockwise. As rough with rocks and roots as it is, its not a very fast trail.

Similar Products Used:

23rd street pittsburg, wilderness park frontenac

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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2
[Sep 25, 2005]
josh02_2001
Weekend Warrior

Before i say anything, it needs to be known that make sure you pay the amount for the day pass. Me and my buddies tried to get by with just paying a couple bucks a piece since we were only gonna be there for a couple hours and sure enough we had $43 worth of fees and fines waiting for us when we got back to our cars. With that said this isn't worth the gas and paying the $6.50 per car to ride these trails. I spent enough today to keep me from ever going back. I am living in Pittsburg and you can do close to the same stuff at 23rd street or Wilderness Park, there just isn't as much to ride. The only positive of Farlington lake is that it is a large loop, and is more technical. Great workout, but i guess i am just throwing a fit having to pay that much to ride these trails.

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1
VALUE
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4
[Jul 29, 2005]
chelboed
Cross Country Rider

North of the dam is kinda hilly...starts out with 3-4' wide pea-gravel trail with singletrack spurs and a creek to cross. South of the dam seems to be all singletrack with some creek crossings and paved road crossings. The trails back in the woods are very rocky and rooty. It really made me wish I still had my C-dale dual suspension again instead of my hardtail. One creek crossing in particular, I recall being nothing but rock with a switchback and a pretty steep climb out...I didn't think I would clean it but I did. It was 95 degrees and around 50% humidity when I rode this trail, so it kicked my tail. It was pretty fun though.

Customer Service

I give it a 3 for the rocks and roots. (I don't mind a few, but I definately had my fill here)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 14, 2003]
Jason

The trail to me is a lot of fun. It's pretty flat in spots but makes up for it going through the creeks. Nothing but rocks down in the creek bottoms. Not a real fast trail due to the rocks and roots. The trail is actually closer to 6 to 7 miles and is on the Midwest fat tire championship series race schuedule. It's the trail I learned on, but it isn't all that easy. You will know you have done some riding. Behind the dam is the muddest and contains the most ups and downs. South of the dam is flat for a while and then drops you through some creek bottoms and back up to some flat areas. The flats though have plenty of large rocks to overcome. This is in a state park so you will have to pay to ride.

Customer Service

Just follow the road past the ranger office and over the spill way to the trail head then just follow the signs

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3
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