Finger Lakes State Park - Trail, Columbia, Missouri

Finger Lakes State Park - Trail, Columbia, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

Finger Lakes is home to the venerable White Knuckle Classic (every August). Imagine a roller-coaster of hard-packed motocross loops on reclaimed strip mines. It ain't no pristine wilderness, but the numerous chutes and jumps make for very fun, unique riding...and there are enough trees, ponds and varmints to make it seem like nature. (Note: these trails are open to motorcycles)

USER REVIEWS

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[May 17, 2012]
dgw2jr
Cross Country Rider

The MTB trails are now fenced off so the ATV'rs can't ride near or on them. However, the noise is still quite annoying and the trail isn't all that great. Skip this one if you are passing through.

Similar Products Used:

Rhetts Run, Rock Bridge (Deer Run Trail), Three Creeks

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3
[Sep 04, 2008]
edanger01
Weekend Warrior

This place is sweet!!!! So what if some of the trails are rutted up! ATV'S and DIRTBIKES should be able to handle this type of ground!!!!!! And if you cant than I dont want to be there when your PUTTING AROUND ASS IS THERE!!!!!

P.S. I will be there SEPT.7 to the 14th on a new yfz450 SE HIT ME UP!!!!!!!

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5
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3
[Oct 13, 2007]
f3rg
Cross Country Rider

I thought I'd try this trail out on a weekend once.... BIG mistake! Fifteen-year-old kids from the small surrounding hick towns pretty much rule the place. I never actually saw an ATV while on the trails, but you can hear them e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!! Do you have 5 seconds to live, or will he fly by on a parallel trail 20 feet away? You never really know for sure and I doubt they'd care if they hit you. They have no respect for the trails since the State doesn't enforce it, so the ground is full of ruts, and roots are exposed everywhere. If the ride doesn't depress you, seeing the land detroyed so badly will.

Customer Service

Sit in front of your TV all day instead; much safer in the long run.

Similar Products Used:

R.B., Three Creeks, MKT, Rhett's Run... anywhere ATVs aren't allowed and the riders respect the land.

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4
[May 12, 2007]
IowaBoyNick
Cross Country Rider

This is not a place for mountain bikers. It is for motocross and ATVs. The trails are rutted and torn up - no fun to ride.

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3
[Sep 27, 2004]
Mo Pride, Columbia, MO
Cross Country Rider

I recently rediscovered the joy that is Finger Lakes. We kayak here all the time, but what with Rock Bridge, Cosmo, and Binder, I just hadn’t ridden my MTB here in a long time. Also, why risk getting smashed to bits by an ATV, right? If you ride on a Monday through Thursday, though, you will have the place practically to yourself. And there’s so so many trails and they are so so fun, i.e. steep, fast, technical (major rocks and roots) it’s just great. I’ll be riding here about once a week from now on. Ruts suck…literally, they suck you into them like a magnet, and they hold water almost year-round. That’s really the only bad thing though. The circuit I did was the Shakespeare’s Challenge route which took me just under an hour. However, you could easily ride for two solid hours going flat out like a lizard drinkin’. After the ride, we watched the sun set over the forested horizon and then watched the moon rise over the lake. There’s also a swimming beach and lots of camping. Keep in mind that on the weekends this place is a hoosier haven for every form of gas powered mania (not that there’ s anything wrong with that). This place is no fun for a mountain bikers on the weekends, you will be killed and the bubas will revel in it. However, it will me my Monday ride from now on.

Customer Service

The Shakespeare’s Challenge course was be-eu-tifully laid out and exceptionally well-marked which is key to not getting lost in this vast maze of trails. Just after the race is great because the signs will be up for weeks. To see the dates of the race see http://www.shakespeares.com

Similar Products Used:

Rockbridge, Cosmo, Binder

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5
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5
[Sep 15, 1999]
Barry

If you want to ride some fast, intense stuff, this is the place to go. However, you have to love the chutes, jumps and very steep little hills because the constant drone of motorcycles can really get on your nerves. Still, the hard-packed trails and unique terrain make this a must-do for intermediate-to-advanced riders looking for speed and air. I've heard of some wicked stacks out here - including broken arms, jaws, necks and ribs. I don't recommend riding here in wet weather because the clay in the soil turns to thick, heavy goo. In the winter, studded tires keep you going on the snow AND ice-covered ponds.

Customer Service

Park at the main lot on the right, near the swimming "beach". There is a great trail which heads immediately into the woods near the Northeast corner of the parking lot. Don't leave 'til you done the "whoopty-dos" next to the finger lake at the North end of the park.

Similar Products Used:

Cycle Extreme 573/874-7044; Tryathletics 573/447-2453; and Walt's Bike Shop 573/886-9258, can help with info. and goodies.

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4
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[Mar 30, 2000]
Tony

I have traveled to the park several times in the past few years with some fellow riders and it is one of the best around. One highpoint is the excellent camping facilities and moderate prices. They have a very modern shower house with warm water even. I really enjoy the trails as you can really fly, but beware of the bottomless mud holes when its wet. I would reccomend going on off weekends so as to avoid the crowd but we go on holidays and just fight for a spot to camp. Even then it is one of the best rides all year.

Customer Service

One of my favorites is from the south back to camp, it is a fairly wide trail and nothing to surprising. I use to ride a YZ490 and I know that you can really cook back to camp on this trail.

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5
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[Apr 22, 2000]
Brad

the park is great and very big. It is open to motocross so it can be noisy but it is worth it. Stay away when it rains, but hit it hard when it's dry. Use heavy suspension if you have it to make it more fun. This place is a must try.

Customer Service

All of them. You have to try them all.

Similar Products Used:

Stonebridge State Park on Old 63 in Columbia. (south past the Break Time, it will be on your right.

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5
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[Feb 02, 2001]
jeremy d gervy

trails are nice and wide and well maytained not a lot of tree limbs smacking u in the face very good way of finding your way out with markers on the trees and arrows pointing your way out

Customer Service

any trail for the advanced rider it would be the main trail with most of the bigger hills on them with rocks tree roots and all other kinds of things to move over

Similar Products Used:

deepwayer near the town of warensgurg mo is a really nice trailhead close bathrooms very nice trails lots of hill and a big open area to play and have fun in

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4
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[May 04, 2001]
Jed

Man i miss this place. It has got to be one of the best places I have ever ridden. I rode there at least once a week when i was going to school in Columbia. Can be very technical, but also blazing fast! Try to get out there for the Whiteknuckle classic, they lay out a great trail. The motored-bikes don't seem to leave the race track too often, i think I only encountered a motored twice, and i spent a LOT of time there. One day....i'll return.

Customer Service

Like the others said....all

Similar Products Used:

Pine Ridge...63 south outside of Asheville

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5
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