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Mark Twain National Forest: Chadwick ATV/motorcycle Area Featured

Address
Telephone
417 683 4428
Land
Public
Mark Twain National Forest
Trail Miles
80
Vehicles
ATV Dirt Bike UTV
Terrain
General Trail Hills Rocks
Skill Level
Easy Intermediate Experienced
Amenities
Camping Restrooms Pets
Cost
1-day pass: $5

Nearly 80 miles of trails, winding in and out of deep, forested hollows and down long ridge tops. Situated about four miles southwest of Chadwick. Area contains a 12 square mile chunk of rough national forest land in Ozark country.

 

 

WHERE YOU MAY RIDE CHADWICK AND SUTTON BLUFF TRAILS With a Forest Service permit*, you may ride on designated motorcycle and ATV trails at Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV Use Area in Christian County, and Sutton Bluff Motorcycle and ATV Use Area in Reynolds County. Sutton Bluff Motorcycle and ATV Use Area ALSO requires that you have a Reynolds County permit which can be obtained from the Centerville MO Courthouse if you ride the roads. Forest Service permits and brochures are available in Ava, Rolla, and Salem Forest Service offices, and at businesses near trail areas. *Daily permits sell for $5/day; annual permits are $35.

Requirements while riding at the Chadwick and Sutton Bluff Motorcycle and ATV Use Areas are:

  1. Ride on marked trails only.
  2. Motorized vehicles used on trails must not be over 50 inches in width, and are limited to motorcycles and ATVs
  3. Working muffler and spark arrester required.
  4. Operable brakes required.
  5. ATVs, by definition, have low pressure tires, handlebars and are straddled.
  6. Utility vehicles (UTVs) are prohibited from the trails.

WHERE YOU MAY NOT RIDE

ATVs are NOT permitted off road, or on any closed road or roads that are not physically numbered on the ground. (36 CFR 261.56).

PLEASE TREAD LIGHTLY

- Travel only where motorized vehicles are permitted. - Respect the rights of hikers, campers, and others to enjoy their

activities undisturbed.

-
Educate yourself by obtaining travel maps and regulations from

public agencies, complying with signs and barriers, and

asking owner's permission to cross private property.

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Avoid streams, lake shores, meadows, muddy roads and trails,

steep hillsides, wildlife and livestock.

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Drive responsibly to protect the environment and preserve

opportunities to enjoy your vehicle on wild lands.

SAFETY FIRST!

You are encouraged to take and use the following equipment every time you use your ATV: gloves and a helmet, eye protection, rain

gear or cold weather equipment, maps, first aid kit, flashlight, and a fire extinguisher. It is also a good idea to take plenty of drinking

water and snacks to last you for a hike in case you have to walk out after a breakdown. Remember, you can ride an ATV farther in one hour than you can walk in a day. Even if you're only planning a

short ride, bring along some tools, a small tire pump, patch kit, tow strap, etc. A simple tool may be all you need to keep from walking.

Forest Service roads are shared by hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, cars and trucks. Please use caution and courtesy when encountering another user. Enjoy your ride!

 

WHERE YOU MAY RIDE

OPEN FOREST SERVICE NUMBERED ROADS –

You may ride on any open, numbered Forest Service Road in

counties where ATV county permits are issued (see reverse for list) providing you abide by Missouri State motor vehicle regulations. Approximately half of the Missouri counties encompassing Mark Twain National Forest lands currently offer permits (

see reverse for

list). Riders with disabilities may have additional privileges. Please call one of our Offices for more information (

see reverse for list). Motorcycles and 4-wheel drive vehicles must meet Missouri

State motor vehicle regulations to be allowed on open Forest Service numbered roads.

MAPS: Mark Twain National Forest District/Visitor maps showing numbered Forest Service roads may be purchased at District offices for $9.00 each. USGS topographic maps are available for $6.00 each. Actual conditions on the ground may vary from the maps. Open Forest Service numbered roads will be physically numbered with a post or sign. Roads with no physically numbered post or sign may not be ridden or driven. To ride ATVs on numbered Forest Service Roads you must abide

by Missouri State motor vehicle regulations (Mo. Statutes 304.013, 307.198, & 301.705 ). These regulations are summarized below:

1. ATVs may NOT be operated on state highways. In some counties,

WITH a county permit, ATVs may be operated on county roads.

2.
The vehicle operator must have a valid driver's license. Riders under 16 with a learner’s permit must be supervised by an adult. 3. A person under 18 years of age must wear an approved motorcycle helmet.

4. ALL ATVs in Missouri must be registered with a state registration

decal attached to the right front fork or frame.

5. No operator of an ATV is allowed to carry passengers unless ATV

was designed by the manufacturer to carry passengers.

6. ATVs cannot be operated within any stream or river, except at

designated stream crossings.

7.
EVERY ATV must be equipped with:
  1. An adequate muffler system and a Forest Service approved spark arrester.
  2. A good operating brake system.
  3. A slow moving equipment emblem mounted on the rear of

  4. the ATV at least two feet above the roadway.
  5. A safety flag attached to the rear of the vehicle extending at

    least seven feet above the ground.

    1. Lighted headlamp and tail lamp.
    8.
UTVs (Utility vehicles or "side-by-sides" with a bench seat and steering wheel) are prohibited from operation on public roads by

Missouri State Law.

Trails: Numerous trails leave the recreation areas for the motorcycle and ATV area. Most trails follow ridgetops or hollow bottoms; connecting trails cross side slopes. It's possible to plan a wide variety of full-loop trails without backtracking. The area map is in a viewable on screen (Click Here for the on screen ) or a printable (4) section map (Click Here for the printable ).(Trail 102, a half-mile spur to Stump Spring, is the only trail on which you'll return the way you came.) A printable brochure is available for download, (Click here to open the document, 140k, pdf format).

Use: ATV and Motorcycle.
Distance: Approx 80 miles

Riding permit required. Season      Daily
ATVs/Motorcycles:            $35          $5
Mountain bikes:                  $20          $3

Cobb Ridge Recreation Area
The campground provides 50 sites, 35 sites with electrical hook-ups. Open year round.

Camp Ridge Recreation Area (day use only)

Bull Shoals Lake, Table Rock Lake
Branson, MO

How to get there:

From Chadwick, MO, take Hwy 125 south 1.5 miles to Hwy H; turn west to Camp Ridge Recreation Area or turning right onto Lookout Road (formally Forest Road 171) to Cobb Ridge Recreation Area.



Average user rating from: 3 user(s)

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Mark Twain National Forest: Chadwick ATV/motorcycle Area 2012-08-30 08:58:00 Will
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munt21 Reviewed by munt21    August 30, 2012
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Come prepared with a skid plate. This place is a meat grinder with rock everywhere. Great place to ride, low traffic. Best time to go is after it snows 4-6". Bring a buddy with a 4 wheel drive if you are riding a sport quad. Avoid during dry spells, dust is unbearable. Overall a great place with some very technical riding.
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Mark Twain National Forest: Chadwick ATV/motorcycle Area 2011-12-09 00:08:03 James H.
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2.8
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SouthernGypsy Reviewed by SouthernGypsy    December 09, 2011
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Mark Twain National Forest: Chadwick ATV/motorcycle Area 2011-07-05 19:12:56 Tim
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Reviewed by Tim    July 05, 2011

Mark Twain ATV Permits Online

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I just found out that you can now buy your ATV permits online and print them out prior to heading out on the trails. You can buy them here: http://www.marktwainpermits.com/
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