5 Best Dirt Motorcycle Trails in Missouri

By Samantha Fidler-Newby

5 Best Dirt Motorcycle Trails in Missouri

The dirt biking scene in Missouri will provide thrill seekers with an adrenaline fix. Some of the trails are in state parks, while others are privately owned and operated by outdoor enthusiasts. If you have a taste for getting muddy and trying some cool tricks, check out these amazing places to take a ride through nature. 

1. Midwest Extreme Park, Merwin, MO

South of Kansas City, Missouri, this dirt bike park is located on 315 acres with up to nine miles of tracks with loops and dirt for the racer ready to get muddy. With hair pin turns and hills to jump, this trail has something for everyone. They also play host to several motocross events including, the Missouri Vintage Motocross Series, the Best of the Midwest Series, and the Missouri State MX Championship. For more information on these events or getting out on the trail, visit their website or Facebook page. 

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2. Smurfwood Trails ATV Park, Canton, MO

Located in Lewis County, this park is filled with wild trails and unique scenery of Northeast Missouri. With 20 miles of trails, there is plenty of mud and dirt to get messy all day long. Through the 680 acres of land, you can drive through timber, fields, and mud bogs. The owner, Don Grimwood, is best known for using his construction background to create multiple bridges to make the trails better for riders. If you need a place to stay, he has also built cabins and added RV hookups to the park. After a hard day’s ride, you can enjoy a beach with hammocks on the property as well. 

3. St. Joe State Park, Park Hills, MO

About an hour south of St. Louis, St. Joe State Park is home to the second off-road trail in the state park system. With 54 miles of premium trails, this park is well-known for the sandflats and challenging trails in the woods. Enjoy driving through mud, dirt, and gravel as you take your bike through the lush woodlands. If you are planning on staying the weekend or longer, make a reservation for a spot at their campground for either basic or electric access areas. They also have family sites for those who need some extra room for everyone. 

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4. Possum Hollow Motocross Park, Halltown, MO

If you want to try this mile of track, you’ll have to travel to the southwest part of Missouri. Established in 1977, this area has exciting elevation changes, loops, and jumps for riders to enjoy. This track has areas for both older and younger rides to try out and host racing events during the season. They also offer shaded parking and bathrooms for their guests. For more information on when the track is open, check out their website and Facebook page. 

5. Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia, MO

Located less than 15 miles away from Columbia, Missouri, this park provides an open riding area with wooden landscape, a number of lakes, and mounds created by coal mining back in the 1960s. The 5.25-mile trail runs through dirt, mud, rocks, and steep inclines that riders will want to be careful of as mother nature can cause some hazardous conditions as times. If you are looking for a place to camp for the night, the park has several basic and electrical campsites for guests to reserve.

Out having some fun at good old finger lakes today.

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