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 Association
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 climb5 miles
Distance down5 miles
Distance flat2 miles
Avg reverse time00:03:54
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Council Bluff... Trail Reports
Jun 13, 2017 @ 6:55amJun 13, 2017
|Trail is getting pretty overgrown and needs some weed whacker work. Tons of ticks!! Found over 50 crawling on me during a full lap around the lake|
Routes with this trail
|Berryman Campground to Council Bluff Boat Ramp||30 miles|
|The Squealer race||54 miles|
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