As part of the Table Rock State Park, the relatively new White River Valley Trail System has already won a national award from the Coalition for Recreation Trails since its unveiling to the public in 2011. The system was primarily built as a mountain biking trail, but is enjoyed by hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts alike. During the 1950’s, the land was used during the construction of the Table Rock Dam and White River.
The system is made up of 4 main loops, Red, Blue, Orange and Green, which are all connected by several smaller trail connectors totaling 11.75 miles and ranging in elevations from 710 feet to nearly 1, 200 feet. There are three trailheads, all of which have convenient parking.
The main trailhead, located just north of Highway 165 across from the Table Rock State Park office, has direct access to The Red Loop. This loop is 2.9 miles and recommended only for experienced cyclists and hikers, as it is the “most challenging” of the 4 loops. It has an estimated hiking time of 2 hours, 30 minutes.
The second trailhead can be found just down from the Table Rock Dam near the Lake Taneycomo parking area. This trailhead provides the best access to The Blue Loop, which is the longest leg of the system totaling 3.5 miles with an estimated hiking time of 3 hours.
The Orange Loop is best accessed from the second or third trailhead, as it connects with The Blue and Green Loops and does not have a direct access point. This loop has the least elevation change and is the shortest of all the loops at .70 miles and an estimated hiking time of 35 minutes. Along this trail, visitors have the opportunity to see an old farmstead and small waterfalls that are part of Baird Mountain Creek.
The third trailhead is located just off Trophy Run Road and leads directly to The Green Loop, which contains some of the most scenic views because it reaches the highest elevation point of all the trails. This loop is 1.35 miles and has an estimated hiking time of 1 hour, 15 minutes.
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