North of Columbia, the 1100 acre Finger Lakes State Park has more than 70 miles of ORV trails that wind into deep ravines and over steep hills on this former coal strip-mining operation. The trails are open to ATV riding and run through dense forest with numerous muddy ruts. This is a semi-open riding area with a free-form trail system.
To reach the ATV riding trailhead in Finger Lakes State Park from Columbia, head north on SR63 for 9 miles to East Peabody Road. Turn right heading east on East Peabody Road (unsigned) for 0.8 miles. Turn left into the park.
The park is set up as an open-riding park with a motocross track and a youth riding area. There are a few areas that are off limits for riding, which include the campground, park service area and beach area. One main trail runs north and south in the northwest section of the park and is marked with green arrows on orange posts. This is the only trail that is marked that takes you to and from the campground and motocross area with a return trip on the same trail. The majority of the trails are not marked, but they lead you back to the main trail.
Note: no double riding allowed. There is a youth track. Spark arrestor required.
Overall, Finger Lakes State Park is the 3rd most popular ATV riding trail of all 13 ATV trails in Missouri.