This trail was designed with mountain bikes in mind, and that becomes immediately apparent as you swoop up, down and around the little coves off the lake. The 11.5 mile Lake Shore Trail winds around Council Bluff Lake, through a few pine and cedar groves, but never strays very far from the shore. Most of the mileage is right next to the water. While there is only modest elevation gain, the constant ups, downs and turns never seem to end. There are many miles of technical trail riding, but nothing too intimidating. The trail is almost entirely singletrack with the exception of an old road bed about a mile long just before the Enough boat ramp, and a gravel road section just northeast of the swim beach.
There is also a connector along the Telleck Branch which allows you to connect with 2 major sections of the Ozark Trail: Trace Creek, and Middle Fork. From there you can get in some serious singletrack riding. 25 miles to the Highway J trailhead on the Middle Fork; 16 miles from the Telleck Connector to Hazel Creek Campground by going north on the Trace Creek section, or 8 miles south to the Highway A Trailhead.
From Potosi, MO go south 13 miles on Hwy P. Turn right on Hwy C, then left on Hwy DD. It's about 7 miles to the sign for Council Bluff Recreation Area.
From the South: MO 32 to MO DD. North 3 miles to Council Bluff sign. Turn right.
Trailheads are at both the boat ramp and the Wild Boar Ridge Campground. There is a $3 day use fee.
Local Trail AssociationOzark Trail Association (www.ozarktrail.com)
More Stats for Council Bluff Lakeshore Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change1 ft
Altitude min1,059 ft
Altitude max1,214 ft
Altitude start1,091 ft
Altitude end1,092 ft
Distance climb4.8 miles
Distance down4.6 miles
Distance flat2.2 miles
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Routes with this trail
|Berryman Campground to Council Bluff Boat Ramp||29.6 miles|
|The Squealer race||54.4 miles|
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