University Forest - TRAIL

University Forest - Trail, Wappapello, Missouri

This trail was two firsts for me, a trail open to mtb on Department of Conservation land, and a decent trail in SEMO. Trail is marked for and used by horses but open to bikers also. Good use of terrain, no killer hills, medium rocky, nice varied hardwood forest, few stream crossings, some gravel roads, and one paved county road (Butler County #507). Could be long and challenging for beginners but very fast for intermediate or better riders. Blazed with white diamonds, yellow rectangles, and yellow horse signs. Trail map at Route W trailhead parking (1 mile North of KK on W, then 0.5 miles east). Almost worth the trip and definitly worth checking out if stuck in Poplar Bluff. But then anything is worth checking checking out if stuck in Poplar ...

User Reviews (2)

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trsrdr   Cross Country Rider [Jan 29, 2007]

This trail has a lot of potential. As previous reviewers stated, it is on Conservation land and runs up and down some rocky hills through typical midwest woods and also traverses several creeks, some can be fairly deep after a rain. The trail needs some maintenance and unfortunately less horse traffic as they are really tearing up the trail in places to the point you have to carry your bike around sections due to muddy potholes created by hoofs. They must be riding 2 ton horses right after rains to make some of the holes. Anyway, while riding 1/27/07, we stopped a couple of times to clear some downed tree branches where other "users" had merely gone around, making more of a mess. There are also sticker bushes growing along the trail so be careful. Rugged tires and tubes are recommended along with a fair amount of air pressure to avoid flats due to rocks and pinch flats. With a reasonable amount of work, this could be really good trail, instead of just a good trail. It's definitely worth the trip and effort to ride as it is, but if the locals near Poplar Bluff would ride it more, I think it'd be exceptional. We drove about an hour to ride it, and will be back as often as possible and when we're not driving about two hours to ride the Canal Loop over at Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky.
Ride it, do some maintenance while you're there and enjoy it.

Customer Service

There is a parking area on Route KK, from there, riding clockwise is probably more difficult for climbs, but ends with a nice fast section. Either way is good.

Similar Products Used: The only other trail I attempted was the Wapappello Trail and don't recommend it. I may try it again as it's been a few years since the last time. There are few trails in this part of the country, but we need more. The Poplar Bluff area should lend itself to more trails as the terrain is good and there is ample acreage to support many miles of trails.
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Trekster   Cross Country Rider [Dec 12, 2006]

University Forest. Combination of singletrack, logging roads, water crossings, and about half mile of paved road. I don't recommend riding this trail during deer season.

Customer Service

I recomment completing loop in Clockwise. Great trail, just needs more riders on it.

Similar Products Used: 172 Trail (part of Ozark Trail), Wapp. Trail
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3
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Aaron Fuller   Weekend Warrior [Oct 04, 2006]

Great trail to ride beautiful scenery. Rocky in places and some of the trail markers have been turned around so it gets confusing on which way is the right way to go other than that it is a great trail.

Similar Products Used: The Lake Trail
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4
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4
raduteo   Cross Country Rider [Jul 07, 2004]

It's a decent singletrack trail, don't venture there after heavy rain, creeks can go high and muddy. You can return on the same route on close the loop on KK road.

Customer Service

Trailhead is 0.9 miles from the W-KK intersection.

Similar Products Used: Johnson trac trail in Wappapello State Park
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3
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