Joplin Trails - TRAIL

Joplin Trails - Trail, Joplin, Missouri

Trail is basically five distict sections which are separted by street, rail-trail and the creek. All is single track, much is creek bottom. Two new sections are very good. Technical with decent climbs.

User Reviews (11)

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jessem19   Cross Country Rider [Jun 21, 2009]

This trail has a lot of potential; however, there has been little to no work done on the trails since I've started riding them. There are a few technical spots, but nothing too exciting. It's pretty easy to get lost (even though the trails are short) and there is no map at the trail head. Overall, if you're itchin' to ride it's the best thing around.

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3
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2
ROAD WARRIOR   Cross Country Rider [Nov 12, 2006]

Trails are a good place to go spend an hr or two if stuck in Joplin. Trail are as described mostly single track, ranging from buffed to loose fist sized rock, also a small bmx section. If trails were longer or not seperated by roads. would would give overall raiting of 4

Customer Service

Many ways to get to trails. For first time best to start off the rail trail where it crosses turkey creek, then go exploring.

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3
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2
Eric Anderson   Cross Country Rider [Aug 17, 2003]

These trails are short but awesome, though I belive that if you follow the wide river road on the south side of the creek and head west, you could probably go for a while. If you go in summer, don't stop or you will be eaten alive by chiggers. I now have hundreds of bites on my legs from a trip to these trails last week. Also, check out the INSANE BMX jumps on the north side of the creek. See the trailhead directions below, then follow the trails west on the south side of the creek until you get to a wide creek crossing, take it across, go right (east) and follow the riverside s-track to the jumps. These are not ridable by a cross-country bike. BMX or dirt-jumpers only.

Customer Service

Take Neuman Road west until it ends (past Florida) and park at the trailhead turnout on the north side of the road before it turns to private property. Once ont eh trail, head east a bit and loop around, you'll eventually get back to where you started from which you can go west for a long time.

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4
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2
chris   Cross Country Rider [Jul 23, 2003]

these are preatty good trails. mostly singletrac. if your looking for something rough go to the j and d offroad trails.

Customer Service

ask someone where lone elm street is. head north and you'll see an opening across a creek if you get to a small building on the left you've gone to far.

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4
VALUE
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3
Brian Brennfoerder   [Dec 08, 1998]

The terrain varies from soft dirt to hardpack, but changes to rough chat and rock toward the west side of town. Downhills are hard to find, but there is enough technical climbing to make you pay attention, and some good fast sections whipping through close trees. These trails are evolving constantly, and are fun to explore. I have yet to tire of them. They're not epic, hence the three rating, but I'm glad to have them!

P.S. Please be considerate when riding on these trails... They have been cut mostly by bikers and atv/motorcycle riders, and some are on private property. We haven't had any problems yet, and with resposible riding, maybe it will stay that way.

Customer Service

The parking lot at St. Louis and Zora is a good place to start. Look for a bench on the left side of the rail-trail, the singletrack goes east and west of it. Also, on the other side of the wooden bridge on the rail-trail, a pair of white poles mark the start of a somewhat new section, kudos to Eric Davis for his work on this! Fifty yards past the poles on the rail-trail is another drop in to the east. The other sections can be tied into a long 15 mile out-and-back, but are tricky to tie together if you don't know where you're going. E-mail me for specifics.

Similar Products Used: If you're looking for other trails in this area, check out Bicentennial Park in Neosho (Go toward Crowder College on Highway D, then left instead of right at the "T") for a change of pace, and a look at some historic foundations along the trails. They're not very well used, though, and tend to be overgrown sometimes...
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3
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Tom Yahl   [Dec 14, 1998]

Decent trail. Not extremely challenging but also not beginner level. There seems to ba something for everyone.

Customer Service

The setions of trail on the south side of Turkey Creek are the most challenging.

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3
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Kevin Lee   [Jan 04, 1999]

You used to be able to park at North Park Mall or Bicycle Specialist and ride West down Newman Rd. the trail starts at the end of the gravel road on your left. I have since heard that this section which is owned by Ozark Mem.Cemetary is now off limits. You may be better off to start at the Zora trailhead but this would cut out some of the funner stuff that used to be on the Thurs. night ride. (Anyone, does this still happen?) My suggestion would be to find another way into the cemetary section such as the entrance fifty or so yards up Florida to your South. Granted, the trail is technically closed but if you think about it, a few more generations of the deceased move in and that trail will have gone the way of its future residents (Rest in Peace, Dad, Grandma, and Scot.) so you had better ride while you can.
Tom Yahl lists the distance as 6 miles and all singletrack. I would have to take issue with this as it hardly does this area justice. No offence Tom, but I sincerely hope you are riding more than just that few miles of singletrack. I miss our trails dearly and hope you would not neglect some of the funnest trails I have ever ridden. Training Hill, The rocky hill next to the cave, Bonk Hill, the thirty foot berm that drops from the right of the abandoned RR bed. I miss it all and am going to be there early spring to take full advantage of every inch of trail I can get my knobbies on. I hope to see some of the people I used to ride with as well as others I have yet to have had a chance to.
I realize that this wasnt really much of a review as far as technical info is concerned but I hope it compells some of you to make the trip and the others who have it in your back yard to take a minute and realize how truly lucky you really are. I know I didnt truly appreciate it untill I had to drive at least thirty min. out of town to find trails half as good as these.
I would give these trails 10 stars if I could.

Customer Service

Almost any way you point it.

Similar Products Used: Huckleberry Ridge. Take 71 south through Goodman. Its been a while so I probably cant give good directions. You would be better off to call Bicycle Specialist and ask for Cliff to get directions. Good Luck.
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5
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Allen Overturf   [Jan 06, 1999]

The trail here is beautiful and relaxing, except when seen very close up at high velocity, when it becomes considerably less beautiful and quite a bit more painful. When riding this trail, keep your eyes open for a wide trench caused by a fast falling fat guy -me:) I would certainly suggest this trail to all who like that sort of thing.

Customer Service

Trail is by bridge on Murphy

Similar Products Used: The trail to the donut shop, the trail to the chili dog shop, and the trail to the deep fried fritter shop are also delightful.
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5
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heath harris   [Feb 22, 1999]

if you don't enter on florida street and ride the singletrack along the ridge above turkey creek you're missing some great blazingly fast singletrack. i used to leave my house, ride about 5 miles road to the florida entrance and then ride a 25 mile or more out and back at least three times a week and there is about twice the amount of trail now including tons of singletrack. go all the way to the snowball area and ride all the rocky motorcycle and jeep trails for a good time. if you look there are some great climbs and fun little downhills that could easily put you in the emergency room. cross shifferdecker for even more trails, if you wanted, and looked hard enough you could probably ride all the way to galena. keep your eye out for marauding 4x4's and gun toting backwoods types, and generally creepy people. be creative and you can put together some long, excellent rides. i miss these trails.

Customer Service

enter on the gravel road where newman road ends on florida street.

Similar Products Used: huckleberry trials, devils den in fayetteville is a must do, spend a day or two there.
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4
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MC   [Oct 13, 1999]

This trail has gone through major overhaul within the past year. Many new sections have been added East of St. Louis/Turkey Creek bridge. I have been working on a new spur South of Turkey Creek known as "Slanted & Enchanted" - work is slow so please be patient. I must complain a tad here: Please do not create shortcuts on any of these trails. If they are too difficult for any one's skill level, please ride elsewhere. "Ride the trails, don't make the trails rideable." Obstacles have been removed recently, by chainsaw and otherwise. If you like it smooth there IS a rail-trail. I must tip my hat to E. Davis here for the work he has done! Hands down, he has given the best sections in the entire network. One last thing, trail work is fun! Give at least one afternoon a month to cleaning up, raking, etc., your favorite section.

Customer Service

Take the rail-trail South form St. Louis St. Five singletrack sections begin East or West.

Similar Products Used: Snowball. Transients, ATV's, traget-practice, JoMo style! Use cautionary tactics while riding here. You all do know that bodies have been dumped in this area many times. Grab your partner!
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5
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