St Joe State Park-Pimville loop - TRAIL

St Joe State Park-Pimville loop - Trail, Farmington MO, Missouri

a moderately challenging course for the experienced rider. For Myself in the beginning catagory I find it Quite challenging! There are Also approx 26 miles Of trails shared by the equestrians that are open to mountain cyclists. In Addition there is an 11 mile paved trail loop for the light of heart. Camping is available. Local Bike Shop In Farmington, (Peak Performance Cycles). The Equestrian Trails Measure In The EXTREME catagory according to a fellow cyclist and the LBS.

User Reviews (5)

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Ron Tinsley   [Feb 27, 1999]

From the beginning you traverse across a gradual ridge decending to the first hill. it can be cleaned by staying to the LEFT for the first half then shifting to the solid Right dry track for the remainder. DONT LET UP!. You then crest and ride to the fringe of the paved trail it winds and threads through the woods 2 tough dry creek crossings one long curved and rocky decent into the backside of the lake.Here the climb resumes and at about the 2 mile mark you feel the terrain. its single track back up the crest.....then opens up into a firetrail for the home stretch, a long downhill with a ending steep burst required to resurface at the loop. Then If Your game....there's ALWAYS lap #2. I Havent tackled the equestrain trails yet but have heard they ARE a challenge.

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Counterclockwise from pavillion at the pimville loop.

Similar Products Used: Berryman Trail
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Barry   [Jun 07, 1999]

I rode this trail in mid-May with perfect weather and dry conditions.

In my opinion, this trail has three things going for it. First, like any area of the Ozarks, the combination of trees, rocky hills and numerous creek crossings makes the topography at St. Joe State Park ripe for good riding. Next, based on the comments of Ron and a few others, this trail apparently can be fun. Finally, at some future time, the MDNR might actually limit equestrian use of this trail - at least while the trail surface is wet - like they do at Rock Bridge S.P.

Unfortunately, not since the pathetic McAdoo Trail at Knob Noster State Park have I experienced a trail so wrecked by horses and mismanagement.

Because the soil has a lot of clay in it, the 9"-deep hoof prints were either dried to a concrete-like hardness or, in the low areas, filled with stagnant water and horse waste (covered with clouds of flies). These horse-damaged sections covered the width of the trail and were between 20 and 100 feet long. Most of them were practically impassable. In the low areas, you either had to bushwack through the heavy, tick-infested undergrowth or struggle, knee-deep, through the rank, squelching mud. And it was more than a few frustrating stretches. In fact, over the roughly 8-mile loop (excluding sandy out-back trail) there was less than a half mile of enjoyable riding. Even where the ground was level, there was so much hoof damage that simply maintaining speed was a teeth-rattling effort.

This trail really was a huge disappoint. I wouldn't recommend it at all.

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Based on my experience, I have to strongly recommend this trail be avoided altogether.

Similar Products Used: Council Bluffs Lake Trail, The Audubon Trail
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J.J   [Jan 22, 2001]

People who dont like this are just plain stupid even mtb magazine said it is one of the top five rides in the country for dense woods

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Drew   [Apr 23, 2002]

I personally love this trail. True, I only live about 1/4 of a mile from it, I find it to be incredibly challenging. The only dissapointment I found was that it was extremely rocky at times...but then again, that is why it is called a challenge. I have a cannondale super v and felt that I was pushing my bike to the limits on some of the climbs and especially some of the downhills where you must pick a line and stay with it or you end up ripping small t.v. sized rocks all over the place. Depending on what part you ride, the trail can be either fairly simply or incredibly challenging. And with the new Farmington loop, you can ride from Park Hills to neighboring Farmington and back again..if distance and climbing is your mood for the day....I love riding this trail and am never dissapointed..though the scracthes and dents under my super v show it!

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Any. Just pick one and go...Since many of the back trails traverse and cross each other it is easy to ride for hours.

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cc   [Aug 16, 2002]

I had never been here before so I asked for a map at the front gate. I guess the woman wasn't sure of any specific bike trails because I was directed to the paved path. After explaining a bit further that I wanted to ride "off road" I was directed to the equestrian trails at the other end of the park.
I hope these trails arent the norm because the were tons of loose rock for the first mile or so as you crisscross creekbeds and such.
I finally made it into a wooded area with marked singletrack BUT the trails were severely rutted by motorcycles. I wasnt near the ORV section. This part would be excellent otherwise. After a couple more miles of exploring I just headed toward the paved track and left.
Maybe the trails were better before but I didnt really enjoy them.
I'm still giving it 3 stars because there were a couple good sections and maybe I was on the wrong trails. :)

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