Park Trails

at Finger Lakes State Park

Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 2.75 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trails is set inside the 90-acre Kelley Branch Restoration Area. The trail traverses up and down the wooded hills along the Kelley Branch stream. The stream area has been set aside for restoration work and is closed off from off-road vehicle riding. The trail loops mountain bike riders and hikers from the picnic area trailhead north, then to the southern most point of the park crossing Kelley Branch Creek. The trail takes riders through wooded landscapes that feature steep mounds measuring 20 to 30 feet high. Then, the trail descends to the flat bottomland for a short ride, then back up the hillside, where there is a picturesque waterfall. The trail then goes down to the old remains of a mining bridge. This area was reclaimed from Peabody Coal, which strip-mined coal from the area during the 1960s. Deer and beaver are common in the area.

The trail features a concrete oval pump track with eight bumps or “pumps” that requires bicyclists to use an up and down pumping motion to propel the bicycle forward without pedaling. The pump track can be used by all ages and skill levels and is open to any size bicycles, skateboards, non-motorized scooters, rollerblades or roller skates. The trail also features a 12-piece skills course so bicyclists can practice their mountain biking skills.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
  • Physically challenging obstacles
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Occasional water over trail
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.75 miles 2 hours Loop Yellow At the day-use/picnic area parking lot