This upcoming season is the perfect time to hit the trails on your bike and explore our area’s winding trails, peaceful lakes, and spectacular views of our colorful landscape. Whether you’re just starting or have been shredding for years, there’s a trail for everyone to enjoy in the Ozarks. Here are some of the area’s best places to mountain bike:
SAC RIVER MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
This 300-acre park is a popular spot for mountain bikers of all skill levels and features beautiful views of the river. This Springfield-Greene County Park is managed by Ozark Greenways and many dedicated volunteers. Missouri Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) has been instrumental in supporting these trails for decades too! Springfield’s original mountain bike trails consist of over 14 miles of connected multi-use singletrack through the woods, meadows, and along the river.
Address: Springfield, MO 65803
TWO RIVERS BIKE PARK
This 400-acre park was the area’s first park to feature professionally-built trails. Just a short jaunt from Springfield in Highlandville, Two Rivers sits on a sprawling private property on the confluence of the Finley and James Rivers and features 14 miles of multi-use singletrack optimized for mountain biking. This park is free of charge and offers the thrills of climbing, drop sections, rock features, built-in wall rides, wooden ladders, and other optional stunts. This park is managed and maintained by Trailspring and an incredible team of trail staff and volunteers, including trail partners at MORC. More info: trailspring.org/two-rivers/.
Address: 5055 Two Rivers Road, Highlandville
LONE PINE TRAILS
Developed by enthusiastic youth during the pandemic, these beloved local trails feature hand-built multi-use trails on Parks property adjacent to the Galloway Creek Greenway Trail. Lone Pine Trails have received private grant funding for future improvements and will be maintained by Ozark Greenways and volunteers.
Address: 3500 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield
Dirt 66: FELLOWS LAKE TRAILS
Springfield’s newest natural-surface trail development is officially open. Nestled on City Utilities property, 25+ miles of multi-use trail circumnavigate our local water source as part of Trailspring’s Dirt 66 initiative. These beginner-friendly and accessible trails feature rolling topography with bluff lines, meadow overlooks, and scenic views of the lake. This project was designed by Progressive Trail Design, funded by Trailspring, and is managed and maintained by Ozark Greenways and volunteers.
Address: 6650 N. Farm Road 175, Springfield
HOWLER BIKE PARK
Founded by Max Penny, this is an incredible private bike park for beginner rippers and seasoned pros and sits in the rolling hills of the Ozark mountains, just north of Branson. Howler features a variety of trails and is packed with massive hand-built features, sculpted jumps, and steep berms. Beginners, never fear: Strollercoaster is a green trail and the park has a great how-to guide if you’re just getting started. Enjoy the famous Howler Burger after your ride!
Address: 3410 US-65, Walnut Shade
As you can see, the trails around the Ozarks are a community-wide effort requiring much love and dedicated work. Share your adventures on the trails and inspire your friends and families to get to know the Ozarks. Remember, the dirt connects us all!