Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV Use Area


Area Status: Open

Nearly 80 miles of multi-use trails for ATV, UTV, motorcycle, and mountain bikes wind in and out of deep forested hollows and down long ridge tops. It’s possible to plan a wide variety of full-loop riding without backtracking. All riders will encounter advanced riding challenges.

Situated about four miles southwest of Chadwick, Missouri, from which it got its name, the Chadwick Area contains a 12 square mile chunk of rough national forest land in Ozark country. Camping facilities are close at hand for riders or other visitors.

Off-trail travel is allowed only at two locations in the Chadwick Area. One is the 3-acre Family Play Area just to the west of Cobb Ridge Campground. The other is the 5-acre Trials Bike Area, located between Trails 110 and 135, near the head of Cobb Ridge. These areas are shown on the map. 

Chadwick Area is mostly forested with oak, hickory, and pine woods on rocky ridge tops, with a few small open forest glades. Steep ridges break into narrow hollows with scattered surface rock and occasional rock ledges, and patches of eastern red cedar.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Sun-up to sun-down
Reservations: Reservations recommended for Cobb Ridge Recreation Area. Some sites are first come, first served.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees:
  • No day use fee at any trailheads. 
  • There is a camping fee at Cobb Ridge Campground
Permit Info: Riding permit required.  Visit the Passes and Permits section of the site for prices and how to buy Mark Twain passes.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
  • Riders must obey all State laws established for vehicles used off-highway.
  • Motorized vehicles used in Chadwick riding area must be no more than 50 inches wide.
  • Use only established numbered and approved trails - do not go cross country.
  • Vehicles must have an appropriate muffler and approved spark arrester maintained in effective working order.
  • All equipment must have operable braking systems.
Closest Towns: Chadwick, Sparta, Ozark, Forsyth
Water: Cobb Ridge
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Ava Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information

Directions:

There are three trailheads for the Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV Use Area:

 

Cobb Ridge Campground - located on the western portion of the trail, visitors camping at Cobb Ridge can access the trail from the campground, but there's no day use parking or designated trailhead at Cobb Ridge Recreation Area.


Accessibility:
  • Vault toilet at KC Pavilion Trailhead is accessible. 
  • Cobb Ridge Campground - 
    • Vault toilet is accessible
    • showers are accessible
    • Site #10 is accessible

Parking:

Parking is estimated based on parking to ensure that other vehicles can fit in the parking areas:

 

Cobb Ridge Campground - located on the western portion of the trail, visitors camping at Cobb Ridge can access the trail from the campground, but there's no day use parking or designated trailhead at Cobb Ridge Recreation Area.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Recreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:

This trail is heavily used by ATV/OHV users. ATV's do have the right-of-way, so please be prepared for frequent stops. 

Most trails stay on the ridge tops or hollow bottoms, with connecting trails crossing slide slopes. Some trail sections offer greater challenges than others. Various methods may be used to indicate closed trails. Travel only open marked trails, and stay off closed routes.

Off-trail travel is allowed only at two locations in the Chadwick Area. One is the 3-acre Family Play Area just to the west of Camp Ridge Campground. The other is the 5-acre Trials Bike Area, located between Trails 110 and 135, near the head of Cobb Ridge. These areas are shown on the map provided at the top of the page.

Orange Diamonds with trail numbers mark the open, designated trails. 

There are three trailheads - KC Pavilion, Oak Camp, and Camp Ridge. Visitors camping Cobb Ridge can access the trail from the campground, but there's no day use parking or designated trailhead at Cobb Ridge Recreation Area.

Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Cobb Ridge Campground

Camping fee

Cobb Ridge Recreation Area lies in the center of the Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV use area, which is popular among motorcycle, dirt bike and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. The Cobb Ridge Campground provides a variety of campsite sizes, styles, development and locations. Most sites are well separated and screened from adjacent units but some are close and open enough to promote visiting between neighbors. 

OHV Trail Riding

Recreation areas with activity OHV Trail Riding:

Most trails stay on the ridge tops or hollow bottoms, with connecting trails crossing slide slopes. Some trail sections offer greater challenges than others. Various methods may be used to indicate closed trails. Travel only open marked trails, and stay off closed routes.

Off-trail travel is allowed only at two locations in the Chadwick Area. One is the 3-acre Family Play Area just to the west of Camp Ridge Campground. The other is the 5-acre Trials Bike Area, located between Trails 110 and 135, near the head of Cobb Ridge. These areas are shown on the map provided at the top of the page.

Orange Diamonds with trail numbers mark the open, designated trails. 

There are three trailheads - KC Pavilion, Oak Camp, and Camp Ridge. Visitors camping Cobb Ridge can access the trail from the campground, but there's no day use parking or designated trailhead at Cobb Ridge Recreation Area.

Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

KC Pavilion Trailhead

No day use fee

This site has a pavilion that can accomodate up to 40 or 50 people. There is one large grill and several picnic tables available. 

 

Camp Ridge Recreation Area

No day use fee

There are 3 picnic tables with grills availble for visitors to use. 

 

Amenities

Camping trailer: Cobb Ridge Recreation Area
Picnic tables: KC Pavilion, Camp Ridge
Tent camping: Cobb Ridge Recreation Area
Parking: Camp Ridge - 30 vehicles w/ trailers; Cobb Ridge - no trailer parking; KC Pavilion - 20 vehicles w/ trailers; Oak Camp Recreation Area - 6 vehicles w/ trailers
Toilets: Camp Ridge, KC Pavilion, Cobb Ridge Recreation Area
Accessible: Some amenities and features at trailheads are accessible
Drinking water: Cobb Ridge Recreation Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
70 miles

  Latitude : 
36.90118651

  Longitude : 
-93.11354348