Ride Report: Chadwick Missouri OHV – July 4th, 2019

Mark Twain National Forrest Trail System – Chadwick, MO

Cobb Ridge Campground - Chadwick Missouri - Mark Twain National Forest
Cobb Ridge Campground – Chadwick Missouri – Mark Twain National Forest

First Impressions: The highway into Mark Twain OHV area was like a roller coaster, so I knew I was in for some hill climbs.

Property Type: Mark Twain OHV area is managed by the United States Forest Service, so permits are required.

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Time There: Thursday, July 4th – 8th

Location: Mark Twain National Forrest OHV area is located just south of Chadwick, Missouri.

Elevation: 1,200 feet

Inside Chadwick OHV

Dense Forest In All Directions

Trail Type: Chadwick offers two-track trails to accommodate dirt bikes, ATV and 50″ SxS. The narrow trails and dense vegetation don’t allow for fast riding unless you know what’s around the bend. As of January 1st, 2018, the Mark Twain National Forest started allowing 50″ SXSs

Terrain:  The terrain consists of rocks, gravel, granite, and some dirt. The lack of dirt makes wet trails more fun to rid because you don’t have to deal with ruts! And nothing is flat here, so the water doesn’t stay for long.

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This Forest Canopy Is THICK
This Forest Canopy Is THICK

Type of Riding: I wouldn’t take kids or beginners to Chadwick. Yes, there are some wide sections and a service road, but the trails turn from easy to expert very fast.

Outstanding Features: You will not get bored in Chadwick!

Weather: I was riding during the 4th of July weekend, so it was hot and humid, but the shade and breeze kept it manageable.

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Good for a Fun Weekend!

Full RV Pullthrough Camping Spots with Electric Hookups
Full RV Pull-through Camping Spots with Electric Hookups

Facilities: Vault toilets at the day-use area, and a shower house at Cobb Ridge Campground.

Camping: Yes

Length of Stay: 3 days

Other Riders: I didn’t see many other riders on the trails, the one I did see was clearly better than me because he rode a GasGas and couldn’t be bothered to make room on the trail.

Final Thoughts: Chadwick is a great weekend trip to the woods! I would definitely recommend making this a yearly trip.

Chadwick OHVMark Twain National Forrest, Missouri
Property Type:National Forrest
Trail length:Over 80 miles
Trail Type:Rocks, Gravel and Hard Pack
WeatherStandard Midwest weather Patterns
Elevation:1,200 Feet
Riding Fees:Trail Use Permit - $7/day
Camping Fees:Tents: $10.00
RVs & Campers: $15.00
Includes parking area, Picnic Table, fire pit w/ grill.
Nearest Gas:Chadwick, MO
RV Hookups:Electric Only
On Site Facilities:Vault Toilets
Shower House
Primitive Camping Available:No
Primitive Camping Locations:I said no.
Vehicles Permitted:Motorcycle
ATV
50' SxS
Safe to Ride Alone?Yes, But Actually No.
Dirt Bike Exclusive Trails?Yes - Dedicated Single Track Area
Bring a Camera?YES!!!
Bring a Lunch?Yes
Recommended Stay3 Days
Family Friendly?Yes, but stay on main trails.
Other Activities?No
Alcohol Permitted?Yes

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