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Old 02-04-2015, 07:27 PM
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dirt roads/ trails in near st louis

Hi, so I'm from Chicago, but I am currently going to school in St. Louis. Someday I want to head down to SMORR or some of the other offroad parks, but right now my Jeep (and me) are not prepared for that just yet.

I was wondering if anyone knows of any dirt roads or trails within a fairly short drive from St. Louis that I can go take a drive on and explore on the weekends?

Also I'm sorry in advance if this is a common topic and I'm just posting it again.

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Old 02-04-2015, 09:36 PM   #2
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Look into St Joe State Park. It's about a hour south of St Louis. I've not been there but I've been wanting to check it out.

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Thanks for the reply. I'll check it out. I read somewhere of a Lone Creek Road, I think it may have been on here actually, but that was a while ago. I think it's about 1.5 hrs west of STL, but don't quote me on that. Any opinions of that?
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I had my TJ at St Joe last weekend and had a blast. Its nothing challenging. Not even trails really....800 acres of sand basically.

I think your talking of Lost Creek Road. I *may* have a chance to check it out tomorrow. Im going to Hermann MO, ill try to find it!
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Went to Lost Creek Road today. If you dont enjoy paved driving it wont be worth the trip. If your the adventurous type and enjoy the paved drive as well, its fun to go through. Easy enough for any Jeep. Few creek crossings. I pulled a cobalt out of a creek with my TJ lol
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Yea i meant Lost not Lone. Oops. Hey it had an L and an O its close enough right haha.

And really? That's kind of a let down. Either way it seemed interesting enough so I'll probably check it out any way. I'll have to check out St. Joe's too at some point. Thanks!
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Heading down to st joe this weekend, first time offroad with the jeep.
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Heading down to st joe this weekend, first time offroad with the jeep.
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:46 AM   #10
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I too am looking for unmaintained and dirt back roads. I'd be up for a Jeep caravan someday, I know of a couple down around the Council Bluff lake area.

Personally I'm not a big fan of the lead tailings aka sand of St. Joe.
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I too am looking for unmaintained and dirt back roads. I'd be up for a Jeep caravan someday, I know of a couple down around the Council Bluff lake area.

Personally I'm not a big fan of the lead tailings aka sand of St. Joe.
+1 on all this
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I too am looking for unmaintained and dirt back roads. I'd be up for a Jeep caravan someday, I know of a couple down around the Council Bluff lake area.

Personally I'm not a big fan of the lead tailings aka sand of St. Joe.
Check out the DeLorme Atlas and Gazzetteer series. They make one for about every state, and they show unmaintained roads, fire service roads, and out of the way points of interest.
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Thanks BBTJ! The DeLorme Atlas is on order!
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No problem. Enjoy. I've used mine a few times, mostly to see things you don't see or hear about from other sources.
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I've been to Sayersbrook Bison Ranch in Potosi twice. Was my first outing. MWJT club has "intro to off-roading" class/trail runs there. One is on 03/15

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Flat Nasty is another place but that might be more then what some call close to STL.
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For anyone that would still be reading this thread I went to Lost Creek Road earlier today.

Was a pretty fun trip for someone (me) who had never done anything that can be considered 'real' offroading. Until now of course. Wasn't a hard drive at all, just was difficult at times to see which way the road went. It split a few times. I didn't expect to see anyone else on it, but saw some people on an ATV and a guy in an old Chevy that thought I was lost. LOL
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Patawatomi in Fulton, MO is a place I've gone in the past, but, it's been a long time. Pretty sure it is still open to wheelin. 70 west to 54 south to Fulton. Little under 2 hours from STL. If I recall, you go east off 54 and through town and the entrance is on the left. It was an honor system type thing when I went. Like $5 or $10 at the gate and you sign a waiver on a clipboard and good to go. Great place when I went. I'm looking to go with my "New to me" '13 JKU real soon.
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Moonlight Racing in Sullivan is pretty fun. There are plenty of trails there from gravel roads to practically driving up cliffs.
There are also a bunch of Trails in Mark Twain National Forest. Though I haven't ventured down to find any yet.
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For anyone that would still be reading this thread I went to Lost Creek Road earlier today.

Was a pretty fun trip for someone (me) who had never done anything that can be considered 'real' offroading. Until now of course. Wasn't a hard drive at all, just was difficult at times to see which way the road went. It split a few times. I didn't expect to see anyone else on it, but saw some people on an ATV and a guy in an old Chevy that thought I was lost. LOL
Is that up by Warrenton? If so, I might have to check it out.
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Is that up by Warrenton? If so, I might have to check it out.
Yes it is. I forget exactly what which street it was off of though.
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Drove Lost Creek Rd and Massass Rd a couple weeks ago. I recommend it for anyone in the area looking for a couple hours of "overlanding".

I am using the DS Motorcycle guys as a resource for putting together longer routes using dirt and creek roads as the primary means of travel. Maybe get an overnight trip together in the fall if anyone is interested.
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Drove Lost Creek Rd and Massass Rd a couple weeks ago. I recommend it for anyone in the area looking for a couple hours of "overlanding".

I am using the DS Motorcycle guys as a resource for putting together longer routes using dirt and creek roads as the primary means of travel. Maybe get an overnight trip together in the fall if anyone is interested.
depending on when I would love to go on this. I need to look up the other roads/trails and check them out. keep me posted
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Where exactly is Lost Creek Road? I just got a 2015 JKU a month ago and am looking for something light where I can bring my 5 year old daughter with me.
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This is an older thread, but just came across it. I'm thinking of heading there in the next week or so, anyone been there lately?
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So I took the kids and wife for a drive down Lost River Road today. I suppose it took about an hour on the dirt. There are multiple river crossings; some areas I don't think a 2WD vehicle would make it through. At one point the road came to the river and it wasn't really clear where the road was from that point, so we drove downstream in the river a couple hundred yards and lucked on the road again. We wound up at the Lost River Winery, so a great half day trip from Wentzville. We stopped at some of the scenic river side areas and the kids played in the stream. Came across 4 other 4WDs heading the opposite direction, and a tractor. What a nice trip.
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Where exactly is Lost Creek Road? I just got a 2015 JKU a month ago and am looking for something light where I can bring my 5 year old daughter with me.
Hey there, just checking in to see if you made it to the Lost River? It was quite a nice little drive when I went there a couple days ago.
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I'm going to try to hit Lost Creek and Massas Creek roads this weekend. My proposed route is below. I'll post an update next week.

https://goo.gl/maps/WxwwaDNXsnS2
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We were short on time and only drove Lost Creek Road from Warrenton to 94. There is fresh asphalt for the first mile or so from Hwy U but we enjoyed the drive once the pavement ended. We only saw three vehicles going the other way and each time both of us had to drive into the brush to pass.

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