Branched Oak State Recreational Area - Trail, Malcolm, Nebraska

Branched Oak State Recreational Area - Trail, Malcolm, Nebraska

DESCRIPTION

These trails are a little rough, but are fun, and some what technical too. Couple of cool downhills.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 05, 2011]
S-WorksLewis
Cross Country Rider

Branched Oak Area #7 is a great intermediate trail. It has some gut wrenching climbs in the prairie but also some fun downhills to. Branched Oak Area #7 is nescessarely a technical trail but has some cool rock parts and descends.

Customer Service

Counter Clock Wise

Similar Products Used:

Wagontrain

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 25, 2009]
jomalley
Weekend Warrior

I rode area 1 not long ago. I found it to be a nice challenge with grinding up-hills, and fast down hills. And then reapeat that up..down for aprox 5 miles. I give it a 4 because the hills are a nice change of pace and the close proximity to lincoln.

Customer Service

I only rode it clock wise.

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I ride wilderness alot.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 10, 2009]
Fisherider
Cross Country Rider

Area 1 is a fun ride through the trees. Great usage of the hills and other natural features that make the trail flow really well. About 5 miles in Area 1. Area 7/8 has another 5 miles, but is not nearly as fun. Way to much grass track. It will eventually get better as the trail gets beaten into the grass, but right now it is a real grind. The middle portion in the trees is fun, but not worth a second lap. I'd ride two laps at area 1 and then cool down at area 7.

Customer Service

Both are one way trails. Both go clockwise. Area 1 could go either way, but area 7 is for sure clockwise. My 4 rating comes from Area 1 with area 7 being an add on.

Similar Products Used:

Platte
Jewell
Swanson
Wilderness
Tranquility Any THOR trail seems to be a good one

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 03, 2007]
HUSKERS
Weekend Warrior

The trails are at area 1 camp site on the south side of the lake. The trails have a little bit of everything. It’s got some good hills to climb and go down. The trails through the trees are nice with lots of sharp turns. For Nebraska it’s not bad riding. So if you’re looking at getting away for some riding and maybe some fishing go to area 1. This is also the spot where they race for the state games this year.

Customer Service

Take 79 north from Lincoln to Raymond Rd and go West. You will come up to a T section were you can go North or West. Go west for about half a mile or so and it will be on your North side. Just look for Area 1.

Similar Products Used:

Platte River State Park
Wilderness Park (Lincoln)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 24, 2007]
Zach Heylmun
Cross Country Rider

I have ridden this trail a couple of times, and I have found it a little disappointing. The trail itself is pretty cool, with some nice transitions from prairie to light woods to some pretty sweet singletrack through some dense woods. Unfortunately the trail has not been at all well maintained, and gets nearly all of technical difficulty from simply being in bad shape. on many of the uphills in the prairie section the ruts are so deep it is very difficult to not hit the edge with a pedal and send yourself off the bike. Also it seems like every downhill corner on the course is made of sand, greatly limiting the speeed at which you can take a lot of the corners.

Customer Service

Either way is fun, but I think taking the trail counterclockwise reduces the number of deep uphill ruts you have to ride through.

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West of Omaha I think Platte River is definitely the place to go.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 27, 2007]
jacob_hi
Racer

it's not a very difficult or technical trail, but it's a nice workout. it starts off as a mowed prairie, but then it goes into the woods and has some moderate technicals. the speed you get on the first hill going clockwise is a lot of fun, plus it's a lot easier to ride than going counter-clockwise.

if you decide to go counter-clockwise, the singletrack turns into a pretty deep rut, so it can get kind of technical ... you have to make sure you keep your pedals centered or else they'll eat the sides of the rut and you'll be off the bike (probably not in a "good" way. LOL!).

CAUTION: A MILE INTO THE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TRAIL ROUTE @ AREA 7, THE TRAIL IS PRETTY TRASHED UP WITH FALLEN FOLIAGE -- IT LOOKS AS THOUGH A TORNADO RIPPED DOWN SMALL TREES AND BUSHES. THE FOLIAGE IS THICK AROUND THE COVERAGE OF THE TRAIL, SO YOU CANNOT "HIKE-A-BIKE" AROUND IT. MISQUITOS ARE BAD TOO, TAKE PLENTY OF BUG SPRAY!!!

today was the first time checking out the trails there. i went to AREA 7. the trails were a bit damp, and in some areas the trails were the dreaded Nebraska "peanut butter" -- which coats the tires aggressively.

if conditions are dry, im sure the trails are a lot more fun to ride. im going to go back in a week or so after the weather clears up a bit and ride again and write another review.

Customer Service

once you're in the Malcolm, NE area there are a lot of signs that point to Branched Oak State Recreational Area -- just follow those signs. when you get to Branched Oak, follow the signs that point to AREA 7. these are the only decent mountain biking trails that i know of at Branched Oak.

PARK @ AREA 7: follow the brown signs to AREA 7, you'll eventually come to some really small YELLOW signs that say "caution: bike crossing" ... go past them, you'll come to a road that shoots off to the left, turn there and follow it to the parking area.

$4 for a single day park entry permit.
$20 for a year (good at Platte River State Park, and all throughout Nebraska.)

Similar Products Used:

Platte River State Park, Wilderness Park

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 15, 2006]
Pistol2Ne
Weekend Warrior

I was pleasently suprised at how the trail was not a 4 foot wide mowed path way, as expected. This trail is a good trail because if you live close to lincoln it is only about 15 mins away from you. Strong points of the trail were the ups and downs and many diverse areas, from medows to woodlands to nebraska prarie. Weekness were the corners on the downhills, almost every turn had sand or large rocks on the turns which made it difficult to cut a path when there are 7 to 10 inch rocks in the way. Overall if your looking for a nice midday ride i would suggest it to anyone.

Customer Service

Follow the directions as told in the main review. Come up to the lake take a left, go past the camp site right away. Continue on the highway, a little ways after the first left possible there will be a rock parking lot skip this one and go the next one on your right. Park and follow the 4 foot wide grass area about 30-40 yards down and hope on the trail to the right or left.

Similar Products Used:

Lewis and clark, Platte river state park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 05, 2005]
frankmcdaniel
Weekend Warrior

Easy to follow trail with some up and down hills. First and last part of the trail are carved out of a field that actually sucks. It's bumpy, flat, and nothing much to see. The middle section winds through hills and trees and is quite nice

Customer Service

One one route to follow

Similar Products Used:

Swanson Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 31, 2004]
axnjxn
Weekend Warrior

Rode area 7, this trail was garbage. The path was completely dry yet dirt was so soft it was an effort to ride downhill. Nothing technical or fun here at all. To simulate an experience at Branched Oak lower the air pressure in your tires to about 18 psi and through a golf course.

Customer Service

Go to Platte River State Park

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 07, 2000]
John Cochran

A nice 4 mile single track loop that has some good climbs, descent descents, and a great view..I have to give it at least a 2.5 since someone gave the mopac trail a 3(Boring).

Customer Service

Directions on previous review..But instead recommending to go to area 1 instead.

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I would encourage anyone to help us keep the trails nice and also that a widerness singletrack that goes completely around the lake would be nice..I encourage any and all in that endeavor.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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