Swan Creek - TRAIL

Swan Creek - Trail, Springfield, Missouri

Swan Creek is a lot like Chadwick. Rough terrian, but more moderate with open glades. There is a lot of thick undergrowth in the summer. You should ride with someone familiar with the trail system. This trail is best in the winter when Chadwick is sloppy and wet.

User Reviews (6)

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Scout   [Aug 31, 2002]

It's just as fast or maybe faster than Chadwick, with less rocks. Downhills as fast as you can go -- but short, steep too.

The cool thing about Swan Creek is how unknown and uncrowded it is. It's best in the winter because it's drier.

A definite "locals only" secret trail. And it'll remain that way because it's so far from Springfield.

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The Stony Ridge Route

Similar Products Used: The Mecca, Hercules Glade Wilderness, and Busiek
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Landon   [Sep 06, 2002]

I posted the original review of these trails as Bar K wrangler camp trails, which is the sign that you will see off of hwy 125. The actual name of the area is Swan Creek. The UU hwy entrance the other reviewer was talking about is the best place to start. There is a small wooden sign that says TIN TOP RIDGE. This is the best place to start in the winter because if you start on the hwy 125 side you have to cross Swan Creek which is not allways that small.

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Tin Top Ridge off of UU

Similar Products Used: Busiek, Chadwick, Sac, Lake Leatherwood Ark
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tony   [Dec 09, 2002]

This trail is bad ass plenty of climbing and really fun downhills. The trails arn't marked correctly at all so bring water and food due to a good chance of getting lost. Also watch out for the crazy redneck who will damn near kill you if you step one foot on his land, so if you see barbed wire fencing running throught the trail cross it at your own risk. If you want to ride out there and want to have a good time call the guys at Sports Xtreme in springfield. those guy's love to ride and are always riding out there.

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same as above

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Ian   [Jan 06, 2003]

This trail is a real jewel. Not a lot of people ride here, though, so you'll probably have some privacy. Very technical downhills. As technical as most things in Chadwick, actually. However, no big drops or ledges. There is one you can make at the bottom of the hill on 6112 if you follow the aforementioned route. When you come to the bottom of the hill right before the little creek crossing, you can vier off to the right and there is about a 5 foot drop. I don't have the hair yet to do it, but my buddy and I cleared a path to it for you while we were trying to muster up the sack, so be my guest. On the way back, if you loop back to UU, you will enjoy 3 very nice little dirt jumps going the opposite direction on 6107. I think we must have went back and forth on this section 6 or 7 times. (Tommy Likey). I must reitterate what the previous reviewer said about Sports Xtreme. You won't find a nicer or more helpful bunch of freaks around here. I think MOST of the bike shop employees around here are good people, but that place is MY SHOP, baby. The first time I ever stepped foot in the place, I was invited to ride with the guys there and came away with tons of useful info. Go there.

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Go toward Chadwick on Hwy 125. Turn left on T Hwy, take the SECOND UU junction. Drive until you see a very small, easy to miss wooden sign that says "Tin Top Ridge" leading to some old doubletrack. Park here and start your ride. You will soon come to a gate. Ride around it. You are on Trail 6107. Go right when you get to the 6104 junction. Take this until you see 6112 singletrack to the left. Immediate wicked-steep, rocky downhill. I can't remember how to loop back because I'm not looking at my map. Get a copy of "Mountain Bike The Ozarks". Real helpful.

Similar Products Used: Busiek, Chadwick, Ridge Runner, My Nuts
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James Potts   [Apr 23, 2003]

Tin Top Ridge is great, wide double track few rocks and small hills. Bald Knob sucks Deep mud holes eight inches deep and rocks eight inches high. Matt Branch is nice but the mile long hill at the head of the hollow sucks. Good for week end warriors.

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Take Hiway 125 south from Garrison, Turn north on Hiawy UU. Take the second trail head.

Similar Products Used: Sac River
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Barry   [May 02, 2003]

Swan Creek is a beatiful wooded area with big hills and clear streams. Tin Top is so fast and the side loops offer nice technical challenges. Swan Creek is also a perfect example of the yin and yang of horses. Without equestrians, these trails wouldn't exist. Without horses, these trails wouldn't be as beat-up as they are. Instead of staying in line through wet areas, they fan out and create squelching mud pits dozens of feet wide. I strongly suggest a full suspension rig for the rock ledges and dried hoof-print holes. The rocky hills were great and will seriously test most bikers in either direction (though mostly as uphills). Serious DH fans should head to Chadwick.

This area was designated for protection by Clinton in his Roadless Areas initiative. Although Bush reversed that protection, the Mark Twain Forest apparently still manages the area as a non-motorized area(just without any long-term legal assurance that ATVs won't eventually come in.)

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I took Tin Top Ridge, "6107", from the UU trailhead to its end at Swan Creek and the Bar K Wrangler Camp on the south end of the area (~4.6 miles). After crossing the knee-deep creek at Bar K, avoid the numerous double-tracks to the left. Instead, turn right (upstream) and ride through the camp sites to where the trail heads back into the woods on the northeast side of the field. Back in the trees, I picked up 6101 (Math Branch?) and managed to follow it through multiple creek crossings and back up a nice long hill to its intersection with 6107/Tin Top. Excluding my detours, I figure that loop would run about 9 miles. I'd have to recommend it as the simplest route to a first-timer. The second edition of Henry's Mountain Bike the Ozarks is the best guide I've seen for this area. Don't miss the cool horseshoe-shaped falls across the Math Branch.

Similar Products Used: Busiek, Chadwick and Sac River would round out a nice long road trip. Nice camping is possible off of UU.
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