Chadwick Motocross Park - Trail, Springfield, Missouri

Chadwick Motocross Park - Trail, Springfield, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

Chadwick is a large part with 100 miles of trails. You can find everything from 1' singletrack to full on jeep roads. The only rule is steep and rugged. Many portions of the trails are really washed out from the motorcycles, making some climbs virtually impossible. The geographical layout consists of several ridges and hollows, fanning out from H highway like fingers on a hand. If you know your way around or read the map carefully you can plan your rides along ridges, utilizing the steeps for some serious downhill action. Once you've bottomed out, you can ride the hollows back and make a quick walkup or steep climb and do it again. Read the map carefully or go with an experienced Chadwick veteran. If you ask the dirt bikers what trails are good they'll not send you on good bicylec trails, just there favorite roosting grounds. 108 is a must do, a mile downhill with numerous big air jumps that left the people from Bike magazine raving. 101, ran from the family use area to Flybow hollow and back is another good run. You get some great views of the Ozark hills. Most ridges peak at about 1350 feet, with the hollows at about 1000 feet. Be prepared to do some climbing, but its well worth it. The dominant surface texture is loose rock with exposed tree roots, embedded rocks, and lots of ledges on downhill drops. Most trails are wide and fast, offering several different lines to choose from. This trail network still yields new stuff to me after a year and a half of near-weekly riding. You'll never run out of trail. This place will either make a biker out of you or kill you. A must ride for anyone who considers themselves a serious technical rider.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 22, 2012]
Dennis
Weekend Warrior

Group of 8 riding weekend of Sept 23 were the first to have a bike stolen out of camp ground. KTM 300 stolen while we sleeping saturday night. Was in the area this weekend and stopped by Kay's to make sure flyer was still posted and found out that a total of 7 bikes have been stolen. KEEP YOUR BIKES LOCKED.

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5
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4
[Oct 15, 2012]
Kevin
Weekend Warrior

Hello fellow Chadwick riders,
Looking for some eyes and giving a heads up. Me and a group of 10 guys were just down there this past weekend and had 4 of our bikes stolen. We primitive camp right off fireroad 171 and trail 140. We had 2 rvs 1 bumper pull and 2 trailers. We loaded the bikes up sat night, chained the trailer to the rv and woke up Sunday morning to 4 stolen bikes right off the trailer hooked to the rv we were sleeping in. mine was a 09 ktm 530 xc-w, the others were a gas gas trials, ktm 525 exc, and a ktm 300. I know it’s a long shot but the more people I tell the better odds we can catch these low life pieces of shi..t and you might not go thru what we are. If you see anything suspicious just right a tag down and email me. I know these low life’s had to case us out and more than likely are locals. The local sheriff’s don’t seem to give a shi..t so I have some hook ups and doing my own due diligence.
Thanks for any help and lock your bike up!!!!

Kevin

Kevin@westhues.com

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4
VALUE
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4
[May 18, 2012]
dgreene2010
Weekend Warrior

Big climbs, big descents, big rocks. I've probably only covered 5-10% of these trails in the last 8 months...probably 100+ miles of trail here. I usually start at the first trailhead by 113 and you can go in any direction from there. This place is made primarily for dirt bikes/ATVs so the climbs are steep (hike-a-bike in many places) and the downhills are fast and filled with ledges, drops, and loose rocks the size of your foot. If you're going to ride Chadwick, BRING A MAP OR SOMEONE FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA, or you WILL get lost. Full suspension with plenty of travel (26":160+, 29": 120+), a full face helmet and as much protection as you've got, and lots of water/beer are recommended...water to wash off the blood and beer to celebrate making it back alive. This isn't Colorado DH, but it IS steep and technical and if you crash, chances are you're landing on rock. I've heard that people have ridden this on a rigid, but personally I don't believe it...my Niner RIP9 soaks it up but I wouldn't ride it with anything less. If you've got the equipment and the stones, I recommend checking this place out. Tons of fun and some of my favorite trail in Missouri.

Customer Service

With 100+ miles there's something for everyone

Similar Products Used:

Busiek, Sac River, White River Valley, Chubb, Castlewood, Klondike, Leatherwood, Slaughter Pen

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5
VALUE
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5
[May 10, 2010]
CLUB WFO MIKE ANIMAL
Weekend Warrior

ALL I CAN SAY I PUT YOUR GAME FACE ON BEFOF YOU HIT THE TRAIL IF YOUR LOOKINH FOR A EXTREME RIDE AND IT WILL FIND YOU. YES CHADWICK MO IS BY NO MEANS CHILDS PLAY IT HAS THE MOST EXTREME TRAILS I HAVE EVER RODE I HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE WICK SINCE 1999 OUR CLUB (CLUB WFO) MIGHT BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST CLUBS TO HIT THE TRAILS AT ONE TIME. WE ALL RIDE EXTREME TRAILS SO OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE IS THE WICK FOR THE EXTREME TRAILS. THEY SAY IF YOU CAN RIDE CHADWICK YOU CAN RIDE ANYWARE IN THE WORLD THIS PLACE IS A MUST IF YOU LIKE TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH HILL CLIMBS,ROCK CLIMBS AND DOWN HILL RUNS 126 OFF OF 171 IS AN ADRENALINE RUSH AT ABOUT 30 OR 40 MPH GOING DOWN THE TWISTS AN TURNS AND CLIFFS TO JUMP OFF AND A REAL TEST OF YOU AND YOUR BIKE TO GET UP AND DAIRY QUEEN HILL 124B I HAVE TO SAY IS VERRY UNFORGIVEN I HAVE SEEN THIS HILL TAKE OUT MORE RIDERS AND BLOWN MOTORS UP THEN I CAN COUNT I'VE SEEN KNEE CAPS RIPPED OFF ARMS HANDS AND LEGS BROKE MY SON OF 19 THEN BROKE HIS SPLEEN IN HALF ON A HUGE ROCK CLIMB AT THE TOP OF DQ LIKE I SAID THIS IS A EXTREME RIDING PARK THE DOWN HILL RUNS ARE FAST AND DANGER LURKS AROUND EVERY CORNER. THIS PLACE WILL TEST MAN AND MACHINE AGAINST THE MOST BRUTAL AND WICKED TRAILS IN MISSOURI THERE ARE NICE OPEN TRAILS THAT I STARTED ALL 7 OF MY KIDS RIDEING ON I COULD GIVE YOU TRAIL NUMBERS ALL DAY LONG TO RIDE ON BUT I DONT NO WHAT KINDA RIDEING YOU DO WE RIDE THERE YEAR ROUND EVEN IN THE SNOW OUR VIDS CAN BE FOUND ON YOU TUBE UNDER MY1960PANEL OR CLUB WFO ON ALMOST ANY WEB SIGHT. HERE IS A LINK TO VIDS SO YOU CAN GET AN IDEA OF WHAT THE WICK IS LIKE. http://www.youtube.com/user/MY1960PANEL

we go down once a month for our club rides some times one or two more times a month just so we can ride there this place is a blast our vids will show you what i can't put in to words

my nane is mike aka animal #69 of club wfo my email is MY1960PANEL@YAHOO.COM let us know when your going down and we might see you there any excuse for us go to the wick is a good one and meeting people down there and showing them around will work for us

Customer Service

Recommended Route I HAVE NONE BUT WHAT EVER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS OUT THERE WATING FOR YOU TO COME FINDE IT.

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5
VALUE
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5
[Oct 16, 1998]
Gunther of the Hill People

The Chadwick area is known locally as rattlesnake country. This is partially hype but also true. I've only seen one snake, a non-poisonous one, in my near two years of all seasons riding there. but, I have a friend with a picture taken on 102 of him holding a dead 4-5 footish fat ass rattler that someone had killed. I've also talked to longtime local residents who talk of the volume of rattlers and testify for its accuracy. Either way, pay attention. They won't hurt you if you don't hurt them.

And be careful. This Wednesday a routine, walking speed fall led to a 45 minute walk, three cuts around my eye and 13 stitches. Of course I was by myself, and I'm going back tomorrow. 127B owes me one. There's plenty of ways to wreck yourself out here.

Don't expect groomed singletrack. We're talking some of the roughest terrain that you can still call a trail in a lot of places.

All of the trails are marked pretty well, but there's no real logic behind the numbering. Take a map.

You can camp at one of the campgrounds which have the usual fire ring/picnic table/etc for $5. They just started charging to camp and the money is supposed to go back into the park. Right now (Oct 98) there are only vault toilets and absolutely NO WATER. Bring plenty, and then some.

Customer Service

Down! Some good rides: 113 from Camp Ridge parking lot to 108. Take 108 straight down, holding on tight. then turn left on 113. from there you'll intersect a number of trails that will take you back up into the park. A lot of people prefer 105 to 171, but I usually use 113 to 171B to 171A to 171. 171 is a dirt road that is the easiest climb back up. Also, from Cobb Ridge, I like to ride 171 to 101. 101 makes a big loop that is fast, fun, and managable. A third loop that I frequent is 113 north to Strawberry Ridge, then back up 110 to camp. Dairy Queen Hill (124B) and the Rattlesnake Cave and Bridge, located on the map, are worth a visit.

Similar Products Used:

Check out Busiek on 65 south of Sprinfield about 20 miles. Think of it as a small sampler of Chadwick, if you like thinking things like that.

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4
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RATING
[Nov 09, 1998]
Clay of the Rock People

Chadwick was the first real trail riding that I had ever done and I fell in love with it from the very first time I went over the handlebars in the loose gravel at the bottome of 101. The scenery is beautiful if you take the time to actually stop and look ( which is hard to do because you have to really keep your mind on the trail). There are some serious walk-ups but believe me they are DEFINETLY worth it. The trails that are a serious must are 101 which is a fun little ride with very few little climbs, but be warned you are going to get really dirty due to the fact that this is one of the lowest lying trails in the park. The other trail is 108 this run is not for the weak of heart the last time I was out there I ended up with my bike on top of me 40 feet away from the jump that I didn't quite land. After you finish either of these trails you are going to have to go back up. Wheter you decide to ride it or walk it is up to you. But if you are in the area or planning a camping trip Chadwick is the place, it will make for at least two conseqeuitve days of good riding and more.

Customer Service

Follow Garner of the Hill People's directions

Similar Products Used:

Sach River

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4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 14, 1998]
Richard Styron

Chadwick is definitely not for the faint of heart. all the trails were made by motorcycles, and it shows. they are very steep and washed out, and rock ledges up to 4 feet are common. this is definitely a place to hone your technical skills, and you will amaze your friends on your home trail after you get used to here. in typical motocross tradition, there are some huge jumps. BIKE magazine called it "phat air friendly," and a trail out here, 108, was described as "the most fun trail I have ever ridden" in an article on biking in the Ozarks. this is the sick technical type of trail system I enjoy, and there is lots of it (100 miles) so you will never have to ride the same loops twice. however, the trails here do have some bad points: cuts. the loose rock likes to throw you off your bike and scrape you up. on two occasions i have taken falls hard enough to expose my patella. Second, bikes are incredibly quiet compared to the motorcycles and four wheelers that frequent the park, which means you will have to get off the trail to let them pass, because they cant hear you and they built the park. third: when it gets wet, some of the slickrock descents become extremely wet. they are not like Moab slickrock, but exposed bedrock ledges that exfoliate chunks of rock that like to roll out from under your tires.
it is possible to ride there without going on the steeps too much, and you can ride about 50 miles of nice dirt (as opposed to the loose rock of the rest) on the top and bottom land on the perimeter of the park. If you want to ride something like that. i prefer the fast jump-studded and real slow technical descents, personally. If you aren't looking for a long, fatigueing technical ride then go somewhere else.

Customer Service

See others. However, a group in the making called Ozark Mountain Nature Trails association, or something to that effect, is planning to make a trail from nearby Busiek state forest. This plan has not been proposed to anyone, so don't go looking for it any time soon.

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Buseik State forest is nice, and more accesible than chadwick. It has a lot more singletrack than chadwick, and it is closed to motorized vehicles so you don't have to worry about getting run over. the trails are not nearly as technical, and the singletrack is fast. it is the most popular ride for people out of springfield. the ones looking for a nice ride, maybe a group trip, go to buseik. the real hardcore riders go to chadwick, an there aren't many of them. in all my experience at chadwick, i have seen maybe 4 mountain bikers amid the throng of motorized vehicles.

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4
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RATING
[Jan 14, 1999]
Brian of the Flatlands

I have ridden Chadwick several times, and each time was completly different but enjoyable. I have returned from Chadwick caked with mud, soaked in sweat, and freezing cold, but each time I had a huge grin on my face. Chadwick has a little bit of everything including but not limited to: highly technical decents, long tiring climbs, fast decents (Trail 108),and long sweeping singletracks. The ground beneath your tires varies from smooth dirt to flat rock, and at times extremly muddy and slick. Chadwick is a Motorcycle use area, but many areas are unaccessable for motorcycles, but if you do encounter a group of these enthusiast they are always friendly and usually provide you with directions if you get lost. Chadwick is not for the faint of heart any experienced mountain biker will be able to use and sharpen all of the their skills at Chadwick. Oh yeah take lots of water running out of water 4 miles from the trailhead when it's 90 plus degrees outside really sucks...

Customer Service

Follow all recommendations of Garner of the Hill People because I was once a Hill Person myself and he knows all of the best places to ride.

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5
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RATING
[Mar 06, 1999]
Richard Styron

I have a passion for chadwick. I posted a review a few months ago, and after riding there a whole lot more, I am going to make another, more informed review. Not that my first wasn't well informed, but this is moreso. I have ridden trails here that rival anything else on the world. You want technical? you could go to the North Shore or you could come here. Certain trails here have at least 4 foot drops, just as steep, and there are some that are pure Karst topography. No soil, 3 foot stairsteps partially covered in shattered rock fragments down a 40 degree slope, all the way down for maybe 300 vertical feet. And then there is 108. Smooth as hell, with jumps all the way down. Not too steep, but fast. There is no possible way to not get air on this trail, and if you lower your seatpost sufficiently you can get maybe 5 or 6 feet on the larger jumps. Trail 104 is an incredible trail, with the fastest downhill out here. My friend Garner of the Hill People likes to play a little game called Pick The Fastest, Steepest, Twistiest Part Of The Trail And Try To Pass Richard. Sometimes he succeeds and sometimes I force him over until he hits a tree. He loves to play it on 104 and 101, at speeds sometimes exceeding 30 miles an hour. there are other trails I love out here, but ones that I don't know the numerical appelation of. I am giving Chadwick a 5 to make my overall score a 4.5. Not perfect, but pretty damn close. I like the flaming dead horses better than the Contis, though.

Customer Service

From Cobb Ridge, take 101 all the way down. When you get to the bottom of Flyblow Hollow turn left and take 104 all the way up the southernmost ridge. Once you get to the top, continue and either follow it for a while until you turn right and do the best downhill in the park or take a left out of the park for a sweet singletrack descent with a killer view. After that, explore.

Similar Products Used:

Buseik, Sac River, 248 trails, see other reviews

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 16, 1999]
Shawn, of the Bone Tribe

Okay, first and foremost, take a map. Don't "memorize" the map. TAKE IT! A compass isn't a bad idea either. This was/is a motocross park intended for bikers with 400 miles worth of fuel under them and 400cc's of power between their legs. Chadwick is literally a maze of trails. Our first day of riding turned out to be a four and a half hour journey in 100 degree 90% humidity heat. All because I thought I memorized our route. Many apologies, Brock!! Now that we have that out of the way....
Garner is keen on parking at Camp Ridge and taking a trip down the 108. Garner knows his stuff when it comes to Chadwick. The 108 has many big jumps with nicely bermed corners and it's all downhill. Very tasty. But from there I suggest trying a right at the 113 and climbing up to the 114. Climb/ride/drag yourself up to the 138A. It's worth it. It has many sweet rock ledges to work your suspension. Nothing too hairy, though. The biggest is probably around three feet. Although we've only been down there once (anybody wanna join us? E-mail me at Bonesonline@yahoo.com) we plan on hitting this trail many times in the days to come.

And on a lodging note: We suggest staying in Springfield for a few good reasons. One, cheap motels with awesome air conditioning. Two, you have a place to take an afternoon nap after your morning ride so you can ride again that evening. Three, nightlife. WARNING: Springfield locals have a real love/hate deal with us bikers. I don't get it. We thought we'd do an urban ride on our first night there and check out our environment. We were yelled at by car loads of screaming, hormone-crazed women and nearly ran over by beer-consumed jeepers flying by about six inches from your handlebars. Maybe it was a full moon, I don't know. A local cop told me they've had eight bike-meets-car-and-loses fatalities in only four months. Driving is a good thing. No offenses to the locals, though. We had a very good time. And as far as the motocrossers go, they are all about being cool to us. We saw about a dozen on our trip and everyone of them waved at us and they slowed way down so as not to freak us out. Very cool in my books. Bring lots of water.
We only went to one bike shop in Springfield, but they have about four to choose from. Check them out and support the locals. Get off your keester and get down there, man! Time's a wastin'! It'll be worth your time. I'm giving Chadwick 4 tires now but I've only seen a fraction of what it has to offer. It's very likely that it could hold a 5 tire rating in the near future.

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4
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