White River Valley Trail System - Trail, Branson, Missouri

White River Valley Trail System - Trail, Branson, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

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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[Jun 26, 2015]
Nathan
Cross Country Rider

White River Valley trail is by far my favorite trail in the area! It's being overlooked even more so now due to the opening of Two Rivers that's not too far away. White River Trail has the perfect mix of well planned out trails with some challenging climbs that inspire me to practice more. There's plenty of trail to spend 2-3 hours out there and the lake is right across the street to take a dip afterwards. The trail head has decent bathrooms with plenty of room to change in. If there were only one trail that I could go to in the Branson/Springfield area White River would be the one.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 09, 2012]
edecor8
Cross Country Rider

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

Customer Service

So short doesnt really matter

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Oct 03, 2012]
Bob Myers
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

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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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 13, 2011]
Peej
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

All trails. All directions.

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Sac River Trail - Springfield, MO
Lake Leatherwood - Eureka Springs, AR

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 25, 2011]
crn
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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.

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Lake Leatherwood- Eureka Springs, AR
Hobbs State Park- Rogers, AR
Sac River- Springfield, MO

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 22, 2010]
JPMFTR
Cross Country Rider

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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