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“This trail is a natural surface, rugged, singletrack trail.”
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This trail is a natural surface, rugged, singletrack trail. You'll encounter rocks and tree roots. You may encounter occasional obstacles within the trail corridor while still allowing bicycle and hiking clearance. The trail is a cooperative project with the Army Corps of Engineers. While the majority of the trail is on state park land, much of the trail also runs through Army Corps of Engineers lands that are open to hunting. The sections of trail on their lands are closed to the public during gun seasons for deer and turkey.
The Red Loop and the west half of the Blue Loop are open year round as weather permits. The trail system is closed following rains. Please check with the park to ensure the trail is open before you arrive. Backpacking and camping are not allowed.
The area the trail system covers is largely disturbed land that was used during the construction of Table Rock Dam on the White River in the late 1950s. Some parts of the trail are built on roads that were used for the construction of the dam, such as the conveyor route that moved rock from the Baird Mountain Quarry to the dam site.
There are some scenic areas on the trail including small waterfalls, views of Table Rock and Taneycomo lakes and an abandoned farmstead. The land is rugged with elevations ranging from 710 feet to nearly 1,200 feet above sea level. Natural communities along the trail range from moist bottom forest along Lake Taneycomo to dry dolomite glades on the higher areas. This range of land, from moist to dry and low to high, allows a variety of plant and animal life to exist within the trail area.
River bottom areas contain huge sycamores and cottonwoods. Mid-level trees are mostly oaks and hickories with the higher areas containing shortleaf pines and the glade-dwelling ashes juniper, which is primarily found in west Texas and Mexico. Animal diversity is great with birds, such as the great blue heron, found in the White River Valley and desert-adapted species, such as roadrunners, collared lizards and tarantulas, in the glades.
The Red Loop has an elevation change of about 120 feet on the loop. The Red Loop should be ridden clockwise from the trailhead. White connector 1 is near the center of the loop to allow for a shorter trail experience. It is best accessed from the main trailhead. This loop runs through upland forest and creek bottom areas. There is a lot of exposed dolomite rock.