Three Creeks Conservation Area - Trail, Columbia, Missouri

Three Creeks Conservation Area - Trail, Columbia, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

Deep ruts, fast, fun downhills, and plenty of rocks to make your day. A few creek crossings add to the pleasure, and the ruts are sure to suck you in. Also, some really good uphills add to all of it. Good for anyone that enjoys biking, but you probably don't want to start out here.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 05, 2013]
tina
Weekend Warrior

Grateful that all of our tax dollars have provided such a nice place for everyone to enjoy. As horses are not allowed to impede traffic out on the streets, the trails are perfect and safe place for our entire family, including our children. The trails are great. Be sure and call before going incase it is to wet to ride.

Customer Service

Take your pick as they are all great.

Similar Products Used:

Gan's Creek

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Oct 13, 2007]
f3rg
Cross Country Rider

After a hiatus for a few years, I returned to this trail this summer to see if I still hated it. Well, I don't hate it anymore, but I hate how it's taken care of:

In many sections, the single track is overly narrow due to surrounding growth, much of which is poison ivy.

The State does a horrible job of removing downed trees. I had to walk through questionable growth 6 times in one part of the park due to fallen trees laying over the trail.

Hicks on horses (equestrian is too good a word for them; they repeated ride here when it's muddy, only to ruin the land even more) have completely detroyed many sections. If you can find a good line next to the ruts, go for it, but be very cautious. Also, try not to spin out your rear tire in horse droppings.

If these horseback riders are present during your ride, and if they have a dog with them, I promise it will not be on a leash. Pray it's small or at least friendly.

Now, for the good: the trails are well marked; if you have the skills, they're rideable (mostly); the main trail loops around, so you can easily find your way back; many days it's so quiet out here that you truly feel isolated from the rest of the world (BRING WATER!!).

Customer Service

Start at the nearly secret parking lot off Tomlin Hill Rd (Hwy 63 to 163, turn onto Fox Lane, and continue onto Tomlin). The parking lot is marked by a row of mailboxes on your right. When you turn onto the drive, you'll see a Private Drive sign. Ignore it; I believe the people who live off that drive put it there to make the parking lot difficult for others to find. The trailhead begins just North of the actual parking area and heads downhill. Cross the dry creek bed at the bottom, going to your left. You'll see a tiny yellow marker where the trail continues on the other side. Be sure to take a map if this is your first time.

Similar Products Used:

R.B. because it's close by and less remote, better maintained.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 11, 2007]
bjmn7d
Weekend Warrior

My wife and I just rode this trail 7/7/07. This trail offers some fun downhills and many climbs. Some areas are very tight with those stinging weeds that feel like they slice your legs, but it is not that bad. Some of the downhills can be fairly technical due to the rocks, but really fun. There is also one hill that has 2 jumps that can make for a crazy ride down if you try to get some air. The previous posters were definitely right about the mud pits and lets not forget about the enormous amount of excretion horses leave. Can someone be hired to clean up the horse poop? Well if not, then it makes for an interesting afternoon of relaying the message that there is poop ahead.

Customer Service

We parked off of Deer Park Rd., went through the gate, and followed the gravel road until we got to the horse/bike trail to the left (south). Take that to the creek fork and you will be able to see the trail continue either across to the right or the left. If you take the right trail, it will take you through the tight singletrack area with a cool cave and eventually lead up a climb that connects back with the original gravel road. If you take the left trail, it will climb a hill (fun to take down) and eventually pass through a gravel road at the edge of the park (Meyer Ln) and bring you back to the trail. You will pass through a fast downhill area in a field that caused me to fly off of my bike because I got caught in the deep rut. The crash was actually kind of fun and my wife was relieved when I jumped up and laughed. Anyway, you can actually avoid the rut by riding right beside it and then you will encounter the downhill section with a couple of jumps that were pretty fun. This will take you back to the original creek fork. We reversed and took this section again so we could enjoy the technical, rocky downhill that we had to climb at the beginning of this loop.

Similar Products Used:

Rockbridge, Rhett's Run, Grindstone

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 23, 2007]
SPShocker91
Weekend Warrior

I have only ridden this trial once.... and I can not say I was too impressed.... first we fond what we thought was a mountain bike trial.... but there were no markings on it at all.... this trial was the funnest trail we did all day...It was probably about a one mile loop (like I said it was not marled at all).... it was actually very diffacult and it had one probably 7' drop off that I didnt try because i didnt really feel like getting hurt and some steep uphill..... however after we rode it we finally found another trial which we later found out was hiking only (the trail markings suck) this trail was long and boaring... after that we found a really rocky creek bed to ride for some challenge.... finally we found our way back to the parking lot and procedded to ride a boaring horse trail because we couldnt find anything else... next week im going back with a friend who knows the area and ill revise this review

Customer Service

from the far arking lot make a left into the field and turn right onto an unmarked trail (it loops) thats the only fun and challenging trail i could mmanage to find

Similar Products Used:

Binder Park, Rockbridge State Park is decent

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 17, 2003]
Eric Anderson
Cross Country Rider

Question for locals: are the singletrack trails here legal? The trailhead I took (see below) didn't say no bikes but when I got back into the trails I started seeing those no bikes signs everywhere! The singletrack is NOT ridable in the summer - too overgrown, to the point that weeds will clog your drivetrain and cause massive misshifting. Also, the MO conservation department is doing some screwy stuff out here. Many climbs that would otherwise be fun are totally unrideable due to railroad style ballast rock being laid on the hills, probably in a well-intentioned but misguided attempt to prevent the spread of the rampant horse damage and erosion caused by equestrian use. Many of the narrower sections of the bike/horse trail are horse crap mud pits completely chewed up and unridable. This location is great for someone who wants to stick to the broad horse/bike path, cranking out some good speed and climbs. Don't ride here if carry through rocks and mud pits bothers you. This could be a first-class location, but MO mtn bikers would need to work to get bikes classified with hikers, legalized the s-track, maintain it to reduce weeds and trail damage. The bottom line here

Customer Service

I accessed the park from highway AB off 63 south from Columbia. I followed the directions provided by Barry, taking the trailhead at the east side of the gravel parking lot, the one marked with a "hiker" icon sign.

Similar Products Used:

Rockbridge, Grindstone and Cosmo are all horse-free.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 25, 1999]
Barry

Three Creeks is my favorite place to ride near Columbia because it's a great blend of very fast singletrack punctuated by bunnyhops over deadfall and long, technical creek crossings with a couple of rocky hills thrown in ... plus, it doesn't have the amusement park feel of some of the more crowded parks.

Three creeks is organized around two main features - the confluence of two creeks (Turkey Creek and Bass Creek, I think), and a gravel doubletrack road which runs Southwest from the main parking area for about 2 miles til it drops down into an old farm field on the Western edge of the Forest.

There is one short loop on the North side of the road which is alot of fun. On the South side of the doubletrack road there are a couple of loops which join at the confluence and connect to the gravel doubletrack by rocky hills.

There are also some cool connectors between the doubletrack and the Nature Trail (the first loop), as well as some very cool (but hard to find) singletrack which parallels the doubletrack. However, these are somewhat difficult to find and might be confusing. Still, if you're adventurous and patient (or with a local) they're well worth doing.

Customer Service

From the main parking area, go left through a field for about 200' and into the woods - this loop is generally known as the "Nature Trail." After a couple of miles and several long rocky creek crossings you'll come to the confluence of two creeks in a wide open rocky area, if you turn right (North), you'll climb a rocky hill and run into gravel doubletrack at the top. Turn right on the doubletrack and you're back at your car for a total of about 3.5 miles.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Bridge, Rhett's Run, Finger Lakes, Pine Ridge (a/k/a Cedar Creek)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 14, 2000]
Kirk

I used to ride this trail about 2-3 times a week a few years ago. This trail is great in the spring or fall. In the summer it can get pretty overgrown. In the fall the colors are spectacular.

There are a series of loops and trails out here that can be used for a great ride no matter what you are in the mood for. The trails are not well marked, so it takes some exploring to find your way around, but its worth it. There is one downhill that starts in the trees and then dumps you out in what looks to be an old cow pasture. You can go completely wide open through here and it is a blast!

Similar Products Used:

Cedar Creek, Rockbridge

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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