Busiek State Park - Trail, Branson, Missouri

Busiek State Park - Trail, Branson, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

Very radical and tough trail with plenty of rocks, toads, snakes, logs, and venomous opossums. Be sure to bring PLENTY of beer, because you will be in pain. There lives a CRAZY 7 point buck that will jump out of the bushes and try to poke you with his horns. There is an area where bed like formations were created millions of years ago by dripping minerals and other stuff. If you're really bored, bring your guns, because there is a shooting range in the same park... no joke!

USER REVIEWS

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[May 30, 2014]
D-Dog
Cross Country Rider

Ive been to Busiek 3 times I think, and I have learned to like it. I made the mistake of riding on the east side on the yellow and silver/yellow trails, and wiped out on some big steps. The second half of Y and S/Y was just a long downhill section of steps that were difficult just to walk down. I only rode the connecting sections of Red so I can't say much for that, other than it seemed much more ridable than S and S/Y. The west side of Busiek is much much better. I have always done purple trail counterclockwise and just hiked up the switchbacks. The orange trail is fun but very steep. White trail is also good and probably the easiest loop. I have only done White counter clockwise, but I can be done clockwise as well.

Customer Service

West side: Purple loop (counter clockwise), Orange loop (clockwise), White loop (counter clockwise)
East side: just dont, unless you're really confident in your riding skills.

Similar Products Used:

Sac River, Two Rivers Bike Park

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 28, 2012]
dgreene2010
Weekend Warrior

Fun trails! I usually only ride on from the West parking lot and ride the White and Red loops. Lots of climbing makes for lots of fun coming back down! Bring plenty of water, beer, and an extra pair of shorts in case the gun range catches you off guard!

Customer Service

White and Red loops

Similar Products Used:

Chadwick, Sac, White River Valley

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 01, 2009]
Ben
Weekend Warrior

I live close by these trails and have ridden them dozens of times. Their are three different trails on the west side of Hwy 65 (though I'm not sure where the white trail is) and numerous on the east side. It is true that the horses do demolish some sections of the trails, but most of them are ridable. The east side gives the rider many different options, even though you may have to cross the creek a few times and hike up a few impossible to ride hills, overall, the ride can be pretty awesome. The few trails on the west side are pretty fun to, but mostly straight forward, not as much variety as the east.

Customer Service

The purple route on the west side (some pretty awesome switch backs) and the red route on the east (everything your looking for).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 10, 2009]
scofo
Weekend Warrior

The trail is still suffering from some of last years flooding in some areas. The whole face of it has changed since last year. Both of the bridges are out on the east side, so be prepared to get very wet if you want to ride the southeast trails 9some of my favorite). However, the west end down past the gun range was in GREAT condition on Sat April 4. There was a tree acrss the trail about 2.5 miles out, but the riding was so good. Unfortunately horses do stomp holes in all these trails, so just be prepared for some rough areas thanks to the cowpokes. Their favorite time to bring out the herd seems to be right after a big rain so that the trail is as demolished by dried horse hoof holes as possible.

Customer Service

West side past the gun range. Take the first left. Do the half mile hike up the mountain and ride across the top. Once down the backside hang a right to go back to the parking lot. Intermediate riders.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 26, 2007]
Mike Swift
Weekend Warrior

I stopped to run a trail today, not ride. I took the yellow 4.2 miler on the east side. A good part of it was too rough to run on, much less ride a bike. Lots of loose big rock, and tread tracks from a track driven machine that made it even rougher. My son's cross country team used to go here to run the hills 6 or 7 years ago, so I was expecting a much better trail. I did encounter a horseback rider too. I was disappointed all in all, the yellow trail is in poor condition. We backpacked and camped the west side a couple years ago. It was nice then, and a great trail for the bikers we saw. Hopefully the horses haven't torn it up too.

Customer Service

Try the west side

Similar Products Used:

Sac River a few miles north of Springfield on Hwy 13. No friggin' horses!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 19, 2007]
queenbee
Weekend Warrior

Busiek is no longer an enjoyable trail to ride. The trails have been torn up by horses and makes many areas not even rideable anymore. It used to be a good place to ride for a couple of hours but not worth your time anymore.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 14, 2007]
me
Weekend Warrior

I also live in the area and no longer enjoy riding here. The horses have torn it up to the point it's no fun to ride anymore.

Similar Products Used:

Berryman

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 17, 2006]
mountainblur
Weekend Warrior

The trail has good elevation gains but it seems the trail has been beaten up. There are a lot of large loose rocks that beat up your bike as they fly into the frame. Other times the climbs are on loose gravel making it more of a challenge for traction. It is a trail that is shared with horses, I am not sure if that is the problem.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 09, 2006]
rooster52478
Weekend Warrior

This trail has gone downhill in my opinion. Horses have torn the trails up horribly. They have rutted it up and it stays muddy as well as breaking up all of the rock. Some people call it technical but loose rocks the size of basketballs is not technical,it is just practically impossible. I live fairly close to these trails and do not even waste my time making the 30 minute trip anymore. The highlight is the creek to cool off in after finishing a ride.

Customer Service

none

Similar Products Used:

Sac River

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Mar 22, 2005]
Walt Dizzy
Cross Country Rider

I think the summary at the top of this review page is deceptive. This trail is difficult, but not in a way that I could enjoy. Before you make a trip to Branson to ride at Busiek State park there are several things you should think about. One is have you ridden before on trails shared with horses? I had not, and was really disappointed in the amount of damage they have done. It really reduced the fun factor for me trying to ride through the loose, chopped up surface. Another is most of the trail I found was not single track. I may have missed some nice stuff, but the little bit of singletrack I did find was, you guessed it, chopped to sh*t by the horse riders. Most of the sloped trail was laid out on the fall line of the hill. It has been surfaced with broken rock (everything from gravel up to toaster oven size and beyond), in order to control erosion I would guess. Maybe at some point in time, this surface will become consolidated, but when I rode it yesterday, it was a loose pile of rock and sand. It was unstable enough that it was joyless for me to ride downhill, and more of a pain in the butt to climb than a fun challenge (my rear wheel kept spinning out on loose rock). There are places where there are solid rock dropoffs that would be a blast to fly off, if there was a solid place to land. But there usually is not. Bear in mind that I only rode the yellow loop (plus sampled some intersecting singletrack), maybe I missed the good stuff? If I lived in the area, I'd go back, but I drove hundreds of miles to get there and I don't plan on returning. Walt

Customer Service

Not the yellow loop.

Similar Products Used:

Got rained out, sorry.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
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