Kaintuck Trail - TRAIL

Kaintuck Trail - Trail, Newburg, Missouri

The trail runs through riparian zones on either side of a north-south ridge, and connects to the ridge top and the other side by rocky hills. The east side loops cross several creeks. FS 1576 parallels a long stretch of this trail. Also on the east side, is a connector which leads to a natural bridge near a primitive camp. Visit the spring-fed pond on the west side of the ridge. Challenging uphills and killer downhills connect the low areas to the ridgetop. There is an ugly, horse-damaged hill at the north end of the ridge, ~0.25mi. from the pullout. This trail is a secluded gem when it's in condition; but, avoid it in the summer when its "ticky" and overgrown. The individual loops are poorly marked with forest images (bird, squirrel etc.). You can get a map from the USFS in Rolla.

User Reviews (11)

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MtnSpectre   Weekend Warrior [Jun 30, 2009]

Finally made it on to the trail. I've been out here about three times only to turn back twice because of seeing the standing water. Decided to ride it anyway on my third trip. Although it seems like noone has been out here in a looooong time,evidence that horses is still there. Plenty of ground up trail from the hooves, makes for a pain in the butt ride. Once you get up to higher ground it's not bad at all, in fact enjoyable. I rode it counter-clockwise and enjoyed the ride after getting higher. There were a few trails that I did not explore but I will eventually. I wound up riding almost 18 miles, so I am guessing there is more than 20+ miles out there. On the South end it is still very overgrown and I was expecting to hit a log or something while not being able to see it but luck was on my side this day. Surprised with the amount of ticks I had to pull off considering all the weed whacking I was doing. I was expecting a lot more.

Customer Service

Ride this trail clockwise. Either way you choose, you'll be alone out here unless you bring someone to ride with.

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3
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scared but not frightened   Cross Country Rider [Aug 11, 2005]

This is a good trail with low traffic. As such, you will need to be selective on the offshoots because some can get overgrown. The trail in Kaintuk Hollow is a blast to ride in the spring, fall, or right after a good fire. Otherwise, stay to the ridge and the three west hills. I would recommend going up and down the big hill on the south side. "Dogballs" is the hardest hill to ride up but is a blast when ridden downhill with some skill and stupidity. The other hill can be ridden either way but the sand around the pond is frustrating. Horses are there but are friendly enough. You just have to be patient with the sand in a few spots.

Customer Service

Start at the flowing well, ride down the road to the north end of the trail. Take the right fork up the hill. Once on the ridge, ride it fast as far south as possible. Take the long downhill and turn right, go past the silo and up the first trail on your right. Take a left at the ridge and go down "dogballs" on the next left. At the bottom at the other spring, go back to the long downhill and ride up it. Once again at the top of the ridge, ride it to the first right. Take that down a nasty washout to the hollow. At the hollow you can follow the trail north or shoot to the road and take it back. All in all about 16 miles of trail with a little back tracking.

Similar Products Used: Council Bluff, Berryman, Lion's Club
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4
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4
Tilman   Cross Country Rider [Jul 15, 2005]

This is the first time that I have hit this trail in about five years and it continues to be one of my favorite. Yes, there are some loose rocky beat up parts... but they are worth the effort to get to the great singletrack. Work on your bunny hoppin skills before you go out because the singletrack is riddled with branches and logs. These obstacles only make it more fun and help to improve your skills. There are some nasty and rocky downhills but they can easily be absorbed if you just take your time and concentrate on the trail bit by bit. When you are down, take a gel or something to recharge your mind and body otherwise you the trail is unforgiving. Don't fight, just flow.

Customer Service

Grab a map from the USFS or find it online. Here is a nice website describing the trails: http://web.umr.edu/~cwatkin/cwome/article1.htm

Similar Products Used: Berryman, Katy
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4
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4
Funky Gabe   Downhiller [Oct 15, 2003]

Good trail with decent climbs and an awsome downhill marked ripple rock. Some locals in the area on horseback, but friendly when asked for directions. The top had a section with sand that was tough to get through, but it didnt last long.

Customer Service

I recommend going counter-clockwise

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4
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3
Barry Gilbert   [Nov 04, 1998]

I rode this trail in early May 1998 and thought it was in perfect condition - green but not overgrown, dry but not baking. The eastern side has numerous creek crossings, twisty singletrack, a cool natural bridge and some great hills connecting to the ridgetop. The ridgetop is doubletrack through upland forest. The west side offers less mileage but fast descents and sustained uphills. Generally, I like longer, continuous loops like the Berryman or Council Bluffs, but the pleasant surprise of "discovering" a little-ridden trail like this one bumps up its rating in my book by half a "tire".

Customer Service

The north end of the ridge is so badly eroded that it wouldn't be fun in either direction. But, if you want get it out of the way, go west immediately out of the pullout. If you think you want to downhill it, start by going south out of the pullout and finish by descending the north end of the ridge.

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Tom   [Mar 08, 1999]

This trail is well maintain. It is about 13 miles worth of good single track. Some of the older part of the trails has been beaten up by horses and eroded away. There are several semi-challenging uphills and the bulk of the trail is on top of a rigde. The downhills are fast and rocky, but make for a lot of fun. There is a fresh spring that cools you off in the summer and several creek crossings. Bring water since there is none on the trail. Overall a good trail. I have ridden this trail a lot and am using it to get into shape for the Berryman.

Customer Service

I-44 West to Newburg-Doolittle. Head South on Route T. Once you a through Newburg, take a right on highway P. Follow P for about 5 miles to Mark Twain National Park. Drive into the park about 3 miles until you reach the picnic area. Just passed the picnic area, cross over a bride and follow the road for a mile until you reach a grass clearing on the left. This is a good place to park. Follow the road on your bike and trails start on the left side.

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4
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Barry   [Dec 09, 1999]

I rode this trail for the second time in the first week of December 1999, and had more fun than the first time! Even though it had rained hard 4 days earlier, the sandy soil had dried out pretty well. However, the low trails on the East side were still a bit damp. This time, I discovered that if you take the ridge-top trail all the way to its Southern-most end (3 or 4 miles?), it will turn right at a gate, follow a fenceline for a bit, then curve back North and launch into the fastest, longest descent out here - complete with a few berms to air it out.

One of the coolest challenges I found (if taken as an uphill) is a rocky connector trail on the East side, near the Southern end of the ridge, which is hidden in a narrow draw, surrounded by sandstone boulders, with a cool sandstone glade halfway up the climb. There is a 3-way intersection with an "acorn" trail marker at the bottom of this connector.

While you're never very far from a road, this trail is so poorly signed that you should rely on your own exploration, and memory of its general layout, to find your way around.

Overall, the trail is not difficult, but it has a very high "fun factor" and nice solitude - especially, given it's easy access from I-44.

Customer Service

Park at the little "pullout" immediately after the gravel road, FS1576, turns South (about 1/2 mile from its junction with CR 7550 (formerly CR254). Go West about 1/4 mile, go up the very eroded north end of the ridge and ride South on the ridge to its southern-most end, where it's blocked by a metal gate, continue on the trail as it veers West of the gate and follows a fenceline then doubles back North and drops into a very fast, fun descent with a few berms. At the bottom of this long hill, you'll be at a gravel doubletrack on the West side of the ridge. Go right, North, for less than 1/2 mile and you'll be at the spring - there'll be picnic tables. Pick one of two trails to climb back up the ridge then use the ridge-top doubletrack to access the loops on the East side.

Similar Products Used: I've heard the 18+ mile Big Piney is very sweet. It's about 30 miles Southeast of Kaintuck (West of Licking and North of State Hwy. 32)
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4
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Lobo   [Aug 29, 2000]

THIS TRAIL SUCKS, atleast in my opinion. I being from Houston TX am used to riding forested packed dirt singletrack. The excesive amount of LARGE gravel in many areas makes this trail very dangerous. my riding partner riped his hand open just taking the slow on a down slope. now i must say the acorn trail kicks ass, but beware, alot of this is expert stuff, or atleast advanced DH.

Customer Service

just park right after the concrete bridge, cool off in the water before leaving

Similar Products Used: HELMET OR DEATH, gloves too, they keep the blood in
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3
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Bryan   [Mar 19, 2001]

I had to write a rebuttal to the last review. This trail system provides all skill levels an enjoyable day in the woods. Yes, there are a few loose, technical sections, but the majority of the trails are fast, wide open old time logging roads that have begun to turn into singletrack over the years.

I started riding this area 10+ years ago while I was in school in the area and have managed to travel back from time to time to enjoy the riding. The trail system consists of a central ridge with many trails going off either side. If you take trails down to the right (west), you'll hit a natural spring that is worth a stop for a snack. Pick any number of trails back up to the ridge and head down the other side to get back to the car. There's trails that will remind you of Colorado, scenic glades, rocky technical downhills, many different terrains that will appeal to everyone.

This is a great place to go if you want to avoid the crowds. Beautiful Ozarks surroundings that won't disappoint. If you want more details on a loop or how to get there, feel free to contact me by email.

Customer Service

Start from the trailhead, located about 1 mile up gravel road from Mill Creek Campground. Take trail to right and head up a long uphill. The first few hundred feet are fairly loose, but it gets better. When you reach the top, follow the ridge and explore the many offshoots.

Similar Products Used: Berryman and Chubb, my two favorites!
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Chris   [Jun 15, 2001]

When this trail is in good shape, it is a blast. When horses have torn it up, it is horrible. If it has rain recently, stay off of it. Has some nice down hills and and some nice single track, like I said. When it is in good shape which is 1/2 of the time.

Similar Products Used: If you are in the area and have only one trail to ride, ride the Berryman.
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