Shoal Creek For Mountain Biking

The 21st most popular mountain bike trail in Missouri.

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Near Liberty, Shoal Creek Trail is a 6 to 10 mile route. This trail is a very nice alternative to Landahl Park for those who live in the Northland and dont want to travel to Blue Springs for a decent mountain bike ride. The trail was originally cut by motor cross mountain bike riders and is very flat and fast with a lot of tight turns and switchbacks. Throughout the trail, there are many ditch crossings and log jumps. Few people know about this trail so during the summer months, in some places, the weeds encroach upon the trail. I have been riding the trail for about a year and have yet to explore all of it. (Don t assume you are at the end of the trail when you come to the washed-out bridge, follow the trail under the bridge, this is where a majority of the trails are). You enter the single track just past where the gravel road makes a 90 degree turn to the right. You will see the entrance to the single track on the left side of the road. Be sure to observe the No Trespassing signs around the archery range. The range is clearly marked and is used frequently on the weekends.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Liberty, head south on 291 to Skyline DR (Just past where the R.R. goes over 291). Turn right on Skyline Dr then take an immediate right on to Birmingham. Follow Birmingham until it turns to gravel.

Overall, Shoal Creek is the 21st most popular mountain bike trail of all 27 mountain biking rides in Missouri.


Local Contact(s):  MO Tourism (800) 877-1234; The Fathead's Guide To Mountain Biking Missouri by Gary Barnett from Buffalo Mountain Publ. at 41 H St., Lake Lotawana, MO 64086.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  7/22/2016

ID:  11097


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