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Blue Swope Connection

Swope Park boundary(near golf course parking lot) south to Red Bridge Rd on the east side of Blue River Rd.

The Blue-Swope connection is currently under construction in five Phases. The completed five segmented trails will connect the existing Blue River Trail system with the Swope Park trail system. The first working phase (Phase Five) is set to open in 2010. The BSC will range from intermediate to advanced trail nestled at the base and edges of bluffs and rocky side-slope. Each segment will consist of twisting climbs, descents and generous straight rolling runs. Tackling the BSC will feel like an epic adventure in unchartered territory and then you will remember that you are within an urban core. You will encounter beautiful sandstone bluffs, Waterfalls. wildlife and great views of the Blue River. Stay tuned for updated trail descriptions as each phase is completed.

Directions to Trailhead:
From I -435 exit Holmes Rd South to Red Bridge Rd. Turn East on Red Bridge Blue River Rd. Head North on Blue River rd. to the Alex George lake parking area. This will be an access point for the southern most point of the BSC, but will eventually have multiple access points including paved trail access.

To read about the latest activities visit

Trail Map:
View the latest map >>> here!

ERTA Volunteer Trail Manager, Ken Miner

Land Manager:
Jackson Co. Parks & Recreation.

IMBA Rules of the Trail

The way we ride today shapes


trail access tomorrow.

Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for mountain bikers. IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling that is environmentally sound and socially responsible.

1. Ride On Open Trails Only.

Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

2. Leave No Trace.

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle!

Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

4. Always Yield Trail.

Let your fellow trail users know you're coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

5. Never Scare Animals.

All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.

6. Plan Ahead.

Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

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