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White River Valley Trail

 11 votes

3.0 Miles 4.8 Kilometers


269' 82 m


-270' -82 m


960' 293 m


831' 253 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (7°)

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This trail is a natural surface, rugged, singletrack trail.



Dogs: Leashed


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.

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Nov 5, 2017
Scott Hardy
Red Route on Saturday and went from Red TH to Trophy Run Rd on connectors on Sunday. Connector 4 from blue to Yellow kicked my butt, so steep. — 75h 00m
Nov 2, 2017
Nice conditions, dry but not too loose. Starting to get quite a few downed leaves 7.7mi
Jul 30, 2017
Greg Phillips
a lot more trail here then the app has mapped. 6mi
Jul 2, 2017
Justin Hankins
Jul 2, 2017
James Brow
10mi — 3h 09m
Jun 3, 2017
Mike Stevenson
Google this trail and you'll find there are 3 more loops than what this app shows. 10.6 miles round trip including the connections. well marked tra... 10.6mi
Jun 3, 2017
Will Cheek
First ride! 8mi
Mar 17, 2017
Edward Webb

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Rode the red loop and blue loop this weekend.....had lots of rain so the terrain was slick but the scenery was spectacular, lots of casscading water and short water falls to take in. Trails are well done with natural rock and some roots but very doable, some areas very challenging but mostly a good flow.....very nice. Would like to do the trail again with dryer conditions Jul 6, 2016
just rode this trail system last week, 7/4/16. It is free to the public and has parking at several of the trailheads with restrooms. Table Rock State park has maps and the trail loops and connector links are well marked. Caught in the rain several times in the woods so it made the rocky terrain slick and a bit dangerous as well as muddy, but rideable because its mostly rock. Really fun time but bring your climbing legs. Jul 14, 2016
Branson, MO
G E   Branson, MO
This trail system is over 11 miles of loops - the map on this page only shows the red loop which is 3.1 miles. Heavy rains & flooding in Spring 2017 - trails extremely rough compared to usual. Minor issues with fallen trees and water crossings. They have been repairing areas and the trail is slowing getting better. All in all a great trail system and fun riding. 3 trailheads and free parking Jun 9, 2017

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