SAC River - TRAIL

SAC River - Trail, Springfield, Missouri

This is a twisty little set of singletrack built on municipal property. It's tight and largely hardpack, with lots of roots and embedded rocks to bounce over. There are several constructed jumps that will let you air it out.

User Reviews (38)

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D-Dog   Cross Country Rider [May 30, 2014]

I ride this trail often and I really like it. The trails are well maintained and easy to follow. The maps are fairly accurate, but there are a number of connector trails that aren't on it. These trails are great for people learning to MTB as well as those more experienced. There are logs, creek crossings, rocky sections, and some climbs.
The Red trail and inner Green trail are great for beginners. Red trail was what I learned how to MTB on, as it had a lot of features to practice with. Some parts are fast and winding, some are rocky and bumpy, some logs near the end cross the trail that you have to roll over, and a good sized creek crossing challenges the courage of the first time rider. I also really like the inner Green trail. Initially rocky and climby, but then it's a gradual smooth downhill that winds through the forest. I have only done this one counterclockwise, but it can be done clockwise too.
The Blue, Yellow, and outer Green trails are more difficult, but are nothing to be afraid of. The map marks these as mod-difficult, but I would say they are more of a easy-moderate trail. Blue is probably the most advanced of the sac river trails, but anyone that has ridden MTB a little should be able to handle it easily enough. I have only ridden it counter clockwise, but it should be able to be done clockwise. Yellow is short, but very rocky/rooty and is very bumpy. Outer green I have only done once, and from what I remember, it had more climbs than the other loops.
I always were bug spray because ticks and chiggers have been a problem in the past. Recently, I have been having trouble with thorns, but I have been there many times without issue. Deer are very common sightings, once I rode right into the middle of about 10 or so before they all bolted.

Customer Service

Blue is my favorite
For the beginner, I would suggest red first, then inner green.

Similar Products Used: Two Rivers Bike Park, Pomme de Terre (Bolivar Landing)
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5
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3
Kari   Weekend Warrior [Sep 01, 2013]

I actually hiked this trail today; didn't ride. Just wanted to post a warning - Great trails & beautiful out there but FULL of tics. My friends & I left there with tiny tics crawling all over us. So tiny that a lot of them were hard to see. My friends dog are highly infested now as well and being treated. So enjoy the trail but be aware & take appropriate cautions.

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2
VALUE
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2
onpaperwings   Cross Country Rider [May 03, 2013]

A great trail that is being maintained well now. I started riding this trail about six months ago and am just now figuring out all the different trails (but this is a good thing).

I uploaded a video of Sac River here: https://vimeo.com/65393541

Customer Service

For beginners, stay on the Red route which has good, fast areas as well as some good stream crossings and hills.

The Blue route is a good long trail that has everything Sac River can offer - stream crossings, shelf rocks, long climbs, tight turns, etc.

Don't go immediately after rain or snow as the Red route gets VERY muddy, but wait a few days and all is well.

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4
VALUE
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3
dgreene2010   Weekend Warrior [May 20, 2011]

Trail system has vastly improved since I used to ride here. Road here before moving to St. Louis 7 years ago and it seems it has had a lot of work done. I know some of the guys at Cycles Unlimited do weekly maintenance and you can really tell the difference. Nice cross country trails but doesn't have the steep climbs that other trails in the area have (that may be good or bad depending on your riding style). Trail has some fun ladders and jumps too. May not be the most difficult or technical, but definitely a fun ride. You can easily ride there all day long or a quick ride after work.

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5
VALUE
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3
JPMFTR   Cross Country Rider [Nov 04, 2010]

This trail has been DRAMATICALLY improved over the last year. For anyone who was used to riding good trails, Sac was terrible. The endless spiderweb of trails was poorly maintained, washed out, and just plain annoying. Most of the time you couldn't ride for more than 30 secs without deciding on a split in the trail. It was to the point where I didn't ride it for 2 years and took a lot of convincing to go back and see the work that was done.
I am impressed. The group did a good job and I hear there is more in store for this winter. The spiderweb is gone. Almost all trails emanate from the parking lot and 2 hubs out in the park.
This is not a technical set of trails. The roughest portion is the northern part of the outer loop, which is mostly old trail. My description of the trail in the past was "not technical enough to be technical, but too rough to be fast". It is now faster than it used to be, but still rocks and gravel to tame the speed a little.

After spending most of the last 10 years telling people Sac River was not worth any drive, I'll now say it is a nice trail. Not awesome, but a good trail. After not going for 2 years, I've now been twice in 2 weeks.

Customer Service

Ride all the trails both directions.

Similar Products Used: Landahl in Kansas City is still the best in MO.
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3
VALUE
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2
88brad88   Cross Country Rider [Jan 21, 2010]

This trail is a great trail if you are just starting out or if you've been riding for while. I rode on it yesterday around 3 and it had rained in the morning so there were some muddy spots. I had a blast since I love riding in mud, but my tires kept spining out going up hill on some of the rocks so that was the only part that sucked. There are some creek crossings, a lot of corners on this course and a bunch of little trails that all connect together. If you ever happen to get lost you can just find a creek and it will lead you to the river and back to the trailhead. If you like taking pictures, there are some great views of the river and creeks. Also when I went yesterday there was a doe that let me get about ten feet from it so that was cool. If you are have time when you go there is also a park called Ritter Springs not far that is a good place to visit. That park is near Fantastic Caverns.

Customer Service

Any way you go is a great trail to go on.

Similar Products Used: Busiek between Springfield and Branson. Also the Devreaux Ridge near Chadwick. If you have a dirtbike, the Chadwick trails are a place great to ride near Devreaux.
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5
VALUE
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3
bdeclue22   Cross Country Rider [Dec 02, 2009]

I absolutely love this trail. Nice variety...switchbacks, water crossings, ledges, roots & even some spring-fed areas and quick downhills. I am a bit bias to this trail b/c I ride it every week(year round) and I never get tired of it. There are so many routes available. You can easily get turned around, but never lost. Great for riding anytime; rain, shine, mud, snow. Just adapt your off road tire psi and rock this trail.

WARNING: There are many Locust(thorn trees), so always care a spare tube when riding.

Customer Service

Just go. Every route offers a challenge( hill climb, switchbacks, mud, water crossings and so much more). Enjoy.

I do recommend riding this during the week, during cooler days or tough out the mud/rain. Super fun & very little traffic on such days.

Weekends are usually busier than others, but the cooler/worse the weather the better the opportunity to REALLY tear into this trail.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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4
hesston   Cross Country Rider [Nov 22, 2009]

Good little trail to just get lost in. You can't truly get lost...so just have fun and do whatever you want. You will eventually see signs and they will drop you right off to the parking lot again.

Lots of variation...some technical short downhills, some ledgerock jumping, some short humps to catch air on and some real workouts...all in all fun. I HATE riding the same trail more than once....but this one has so many connections inside it is like riding a different trail all the time.

Customer Service

Go right from the parking lot (like you are going back the way you came) and take the most outer loop staying to the right every time you come to a Y in the trail...this will give you the most technical portions of the trail I have seen and it will take you right along the river which is nice.

Similar Products Used: not sure...have not rode much else up here yet...I have heard Busiek is good.
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4
VALUE
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3
MtnSpectre   Weekend Warrior [Nov 10, 2009]

Finally made it to Springfield to ride Sac. It was a fun trail. Like the previous review stated, the outer loop is a bit more straight and the inner trails are pretty twisty. There was a few spot with mud but I really don't mind getting muddy. The trail was marked I think for an upcoming race and I followed most of the markings and then decided to explore. I got in about 10.5 miles but I do know I missed a couple of the inner trails. Good place to bring a beginner to work on their handling skills. Coordinates aren't updated yet but if you go north on 13 about 2 miles past I44 and take a left at the sign...easy enough to find.

Customer Service

Ride clockwise on the outer loop so you get the last mile of flowing ummmmm slight downhill? ha ha. You don't have to pedal on the way back but do it for the speed, it feels so good!!! Once you are back at the trailhead go back in and link up any of the trails you missed on the first pass.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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2
Indiefab   Cross Country Rider [Jul 21, 2008]

First of all, I've submitted new coordinates to MTBR.com. Should be changed soon. Trail is northwest of town, not smackdab in the middle of Battlefield Road. Copy these coordinates into Google maps search bar to find the right place: 37.289521,-93.33744
When you are looking for the right turn off MO-13, there's a nice SAC Trail sign on the highway, but be ready to turn, its only about 100 feet from the intersection.

Date ridden: July 21
Time of day: 9am - 10:15am
Weather: Low 80's, humid. Rained 2 days previously but trail was in excellent condition.
Trail Summary: Outstanding trail construction. Appears quite durable and well maintained. Varied surfaces of crushed stone, terraced rock, hardpacked dirt, exposed roots. A few small stream crossings. Short climbs with frequent elevation and direction changes. Basically no long, flowing sections but several short sections can be linked together. Outer boundary trails appear to be the straightest, with inner trails being narrower and more winding. Trail width in the trees varies from singlewide to doublewide with a single middle track. Multiple areas in open meadows are a single trail with a very narrow tire track, probably only 6" wide. Seems easy to navigate. Nice boundaries on most sides. Study the Google map before riding to pick out landmarks, such as the river on the west and the cell tower site next to the east boundary trail. All sections are very ridable but enough of a challenge. Could easily spend a few hours weaving through the inner trails.

Customer Service

As the guy said below, you can start with the outer boundary and then work into the middle.

Tick Count: Zero! A surprise considering the dense woods.
Noxious foliage: No poison ivy or oak noticed. Most trails have a nice border of grasses. I still used a poison ivy removal scrub when I got home, though.
Mosquitos: None seen.
Other bugs: The spiderwebs were INSANE!! I'm sure this had something to do with the time of day and season, but I've never run through so many spiderwebs. What are they trying to catch, deer? I honestly must have hit 500 strands or webs, most of them carrying big momma spiders. I'm sure I scared them more than anything, but jeez. I stopped every few minutes to wipe the webs off my face and pick the spiders off my jersey and frame. I found two big ones inside my helmet on the way home. Next time, I'm either going to go later in the day, or ask a buddy to ride ahead of me. I'm sure it will get better later in the summer as well.

Similar Products Used: I've just moved here from Tulsa. I've been riding Turkey Mountain and Keystone on a hardtail for the last 10 years. Very similar riding surfaces. SAC looks like it would be fun with a supple XC full sus bike. Turkey definately has more trail mileage with lots of varied terrain. Oklahoma appears to have a better racing series.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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3
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