St. Francisville - The Beast - Trail, St. Francisville, Louisiana

St. Francisville - The Beast - Trail, St. Francisville, Louisiana

DESCRIPTION

Where the road takes its final left hand turn before the parking area, straight ahead toward the woods is where the trail begins. A warmup trail runs around the perimeter of the park facility and is about 1 mile.

This trail was designed by the same bloke who did the great trail system in Ruston, LA (Lincoln Parish Park), James Ramsaur.

Trail ducks in and out of the woods surrounding the park. 95% twisting technical wooded singletrack. Two short sections of double track. Many twisting steep rooty off-camber hills. Good elevation change for Louisiana. Great semi-technical downhills. Trail is well marked except over the last half mile where it converges 3 times at the same point on a creek bed.

Skills are required to ride this trail cleanly. Awesome trail! -pan

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 22, 2011]
Adam
Weekend Warrior

This trail rocks! It will surely test your skillz. I just started riding this trail and what a workout, so much fun! It's well maintained and clearly marked.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 15, 2011]
HigHlyaGGraVaTeD
Racer

Definitely one of the most difficult trails in South Louisiana, if not the most difficult. If you not in shape, I mean really in SHAPE, don't bother riding here. It will only discourage you! The Beast is everything in its name! 9/10 Technical, 10/10 Climbs, 8/10 Fast, and 9/10 Overall! This place is great for those who like Comite but looking for more! Well the beast takes it over the TOP! The Beast is Comite on Steriods and HGH combined for sure!
The trail is well maintained and a new area is open! Who ever is maintaining it-Hats off to them! Splendid!

Similar Products Used:

COMITE & HOOPER!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 29, 2009]
TunicaTrails
Racer

The Beast Trail is a 4.5 mile singletrack mountain biking/hiking trail within the West Feliciana Sports Park of St. Francisville, LA. Originally created by famed trail designer James Ramsaur, it was nicknamed "The Beast" by Baton Rouge mountain biker Charley Rome because of its very challenging double black diamond hills and switchbacks.

Coordinating the original trailbuilding efforts were former Lincoln Parish parks director Jay Ellington and West Feliciana Parish parks director Randy Albarez. James Ramsaur's other trail designs include the Tyler, TX State Park trail, the Eddie B. Jones "Monkey Trail" in Shreveport, and the Lincoln Parish Park trail. The Beast Trail is now officially maintained by the Tunica Trail Riders club, sponsored by West Feliciana Parish Parks and Recreation.

The Beast, due to its good drainage and high elevations, drains quickly and is usually ridable 6-12 hours after rainfall.

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We are working on expanding The Beast from 4 miles up to 10 miles! Come and help this Fall and participate in a time trial race Nov. 7th. Check out www.TunicaTrails.org for more information.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 13, 2009]
tlweid01
Cross Country Rider

This trail is in great shape right now. Good (and difficult) climbs and very technical for the area. Get out and ride it.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 16, 2009]
chomxxo
Cross Country Rider

"The Beast" Trail was named by Charley Rome, an auspicious XC racer in the Baton Rouge area. It is the steepest and most technically difficult trail in Louisiana.

I help run the Tunica Trail Riders club, formed in February 2009, sponsored by West Feliciana Parish Parks and Recreation. Check out our website, www.TunicaTrails.org . The trail is in great shape now and getting better every weekend. Everybody whose spoken out about the trail conditions, here's your opportunity to do something about it: we could use volunteers. email info@tunicatrails.org .

Customer Service

Take Highway 61 North from Baton Rouge through St. Francisville. Pass through the town until you see the town's second Mobil station on the left. On the right under a liveoak is a banner that says "West Feliciana Sports Park." Turn right here and follow the road past a fire station and into the park. Turn right onto a gravel road before the bend in the drive and follow the Beast Trail red arrow signs.

Similar Products Used:

Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area, more information at TunicaTrails.org

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 20, 2009]
mtnbikerb
Weekend Warrior

Rode this (hiking) trail for the first time, hoping for something fun other than Hooper. It's not that it's not maintained well... it's not maintained at all. Ok, I say that sarcastically. There had appeared to be some trailwork with flags, recently cut brush stubs, and woodwork. Still some downed trees from Gustav. Overall, very poorly designed trail with tons of potential. Very few if any trail markers, not even a trailhead sign with a courtesy map. Really fun drops that descend into an off camber hairpin turn with a 20-30 foot climb preceding (straight up). Impossible climbs for me. This trail has no continuous flow. It would get really fun but then just end with no known clear path ahead. Super technical with plenty roots (run low pressure). I just kept sectioning off parts in different directions but overall spent most of my time pushing my bike up hills and through brush looking for the trail. One or two bridges were out. It's to bad b/c this could be the best trail in Louisiana. A road trip to Austin would be a better idea.

Customer Service

None.

Similar Products Used:

None.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 29, 2007]
cp9999
Cross Country Rider

Rode this trail for the first time this past weekend. I agree with many of the below posts. Great trail; difficult, especially at the beginning; poorly maintained. At least one third of the bridges were washed out. Be very careful on some of the long (for Louisiana) downhills because the bridge at the bottom may be out. Erosion is an issue on many downhill parts also which makes some of them treacherous. It appears as though this trail was very well designed and once it was in place the authorities ignored it. Needs a little TLC to be one of, if not the best, trail in the State. Really sad since this is a governmentally maintained park. After riding it, I tried to talk to some of the park staff about it. No one seemed to know anything. The trail is not even mentioned on the park's website. I will be writing to the West Feliciana police jury about this. It is a shame to have a professionally designed, governmentally run trail in such deplorable condition.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 27, 2007]
David Hammons
Weekend Warrior

The trail has great potential........but it has been very poorly maintained by the park. There are several spots where you can just lose the trail. It is overgrown with weeds and downed tree limbs. I was very disapointed in the park maintenance. This could be an awesome trail.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 15, 2006]
sgrande10
Weekend Warrior

This is a really nice trail. Plenty of steep drops, climbs, and challenges. Eventhough it is only 4 miles long it feels like 8. Comite is fun and rollercoaster like but this one is more like a real trail, in my opinion. I was surprised so few people were out there. The leaves make it even more challenging or treacherous...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 18, 2005]
MTNBIKXXX
Weekend Warrior

Tough trail if you don't like climbing. I'm not used to hills, and this trail has many small gear climbs, and I could only clean a couple. A few nice, but short downhill sections, but watch out for erosion. The trail could use a few more bridges where the trail converges three times on the same creek bed. These areas would be impassable if the creek were full. Overall a fun ride. A really nice workout. The trail ducks in and out of the woods around a huge park so you can bail at any time without having to travel more than a quarter mile to get back to the parking lot. Dont bail though. The best downhill is very near the end. It is meant to be a climb, but you must try this section in reverse, have a buddy at the bottom to keep things clear, it is fun and fast.

Customer Service

Just follow the arrows. Easy to get around.

Similar Products Used:

Clear springs near Natchez Miss., Hooper Road, and Comite in Baton Rouge.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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