Swope Park Mountain Bike Trail

MODERATE 176 reviews
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Swope Park Mountain Bike Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kansas City, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

muddy

rocky

Swope Park is a 18 mile trail located near Kansas City, Missouri. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking.

hiking
33 minutes ago

What a peaceful gem in the middle of the inner city. The trail system was fantastic, quiet and beautiful. The shade made the hike tolerable on a sweltering day. Wish we had brought our bikes because the trails would be amazing for mountain biking.
One warning, there is broken glass all over the parking area, make sure all valuables are hidden away. Also, there were hundreds of spider webs across the trail.

23 days ago

I hiked the easier trail. Well defined but sometimes not well marked. Challenging near the bluffs and easy on the north side. Almost stepped on some adolescent raccoons! Don't take valuables - car break ins are common. My car also bottomed out in the unpaved parking area.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Not well marked so use this map reference to guide you. I got a little off track for a bit and it ended up being a 7 mile hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Brother and I have done ~4 and 5-mile stretches of this trail a few times. It's a nice, well-maintained trail, though the signage is less than helpful in some places. Small variety of features to see. We saw a nice mushroom in a more lush part of the trail and cacti with wildflowers in a rockier part of the trail. (Photos uploaded.) Want to spend more time with it and log more miles on it.

4 months ago

Excellent hike to get out of the city. I hike this a few time a year.

I would definitely do it again, it's nice, lots of rocks, cool scenery, great hike for being located in the middle of the city. Trail is well defined, though not necessarily marked, or blazed. Used for hiking and mountain biking.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful but rocky path

hiking
9 months ago

Solid getaway hike in the city. Pretty easy, moderate elevation change, almost entirely in the trees. Not much wildlife or views that I saw, but peaceful nonetheless. Use the Record feature on the app to follow the trails because they aren't marked very well.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Rode the Rancho D-Lux trail for the first time. Great ride that was smooth and peaceful.

hiking
10 months ago

Quiet trail perfect for hiking, biking, and trail running.

mountain biking
11 months ago

mountain biking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

This is the best mountain biking trail in Kansas City. It has something for everyone; I feel comfortable bringing beginners to rancho d-lux and feel challenged every time I ride woodchuck run. There's also a downhill only section (the black section on the map) on the south side of the trail off of woodchuck. It's great!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Loved it!! So beautiful

Thursday, July 06, 2017

I use this trail to train for my Rocky Mountain Hikes. It has a lot of variety and good spots to jog/run. I can use it for 12 mile training hike and not get bored. The expansion of the trail is nice!

mountain biking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

One of my favorite trails in KC. Just a lot of fun with some hidden awesomeness

mountain biking
Friday, May 26, 2017

love this place... trails for everyone.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Great trail(s) and gives you plenty of elevation but with the expansion, it can be hard to follow at points. Make sure you have the most recent map of the trail system!

hiking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Love it! I like hiking up next to the bluffs! Great for pictures! Great for working out!

hiking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nice trail great potential but went too early in the season, beautiful weather but little to no greenery out yet. "march 23rd"

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The trails are meant more for mountain bikers, so you may have to yield the way to a few you might encounter. Wear good hiking shoes or boots because the trails are rugged and rocky in most places. This is a great escape from the city that still keeps you in the city. I find the Rancho D-Lux trail to be great for hiking.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Great for hiking with pets and getting a time away! Long trail with many beautiful rocks and out looks.

trail running
Thursday, October 06, 2016

I run variations here 3x per week. Easy hike, tough runs. iPhone maps show all trails, check at intersections then take off in loop of choice. Busiest on weekends of course; I was the only human there early on WED afternoon.

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

So far, i love the Woodchuck trail and cant wait to knock it out so i can start on the Rancho d' Lux trail.
Took awhile to find a starting point for a trail and when i did start, i had no idea which one i was on because there are slim to none of any signs. Nor, is there any maps on the trail like there is at Shawnee Mission Park trails. I had to go online and print out a map.
Online- i noticed the creators have added on a new phase to the Woodchuck trail but the map does not indicate where the phases even start.
Another downside is that you can hear traffic but its not too bad- its easy to block out when you're enjoying the rocky incline.
Trails are clear and nicely maintained. Not to mention, theyre full of wildlife. Ive seen deer, snakes, birds, squirrels and crazy gnarly spiders. Dont worry, theyre more scared than you are.

All in all, this is a great park with great trails.

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Solid, if not unspectacular, multi-trail park about 15-20 min from downtown KC. Can create multiple loops. Minor elevation changes - switchbacks on the Woodchuk Trail are cool. They are expanding that trail. Share with mountain bikers, but you can see them coming. Can hear cars on multiple roads even from the interior trails, so that's not the best. Rocky Bluffs hiking-only trail has some interesting rock formations.

I'd advise taking a picture of the trail map at the start of the trail, as the signage is minimal (though apparent) on the trailheads, and the trails themselves have no paint and aren't otherwise marked.

This trail could only be considered "moderate" in difficulty for someone who is woefully out of shape, though it does, like I said, have some minor elevation changes.

Trails are well-maintained and are visually appealing. Can spot deer. I would recommend trail shoes as it is rocky in some places.

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Loved this trail. I can't wait to come back and explore more. Thanks to All Trails that I even knew about it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The trails are beautiful - you almost forget you're in a city

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rancho D-Lux: Great trail. Easy to follow. Mostly flat with only a few rocky and/or inclined stretches. We saw a turtle and a young deer!

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

I followed the perimeter of the bike trails and then backtracked a little to make this a 9 mile loop. Trails were very well maintained and there were many interesting rock formations along the way. One of the best trails I've been on in the Kansas City area.

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