13.6 miles
1,921 ft
-1,812 ft
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This trail isn't perfect, but it's hard to say anything bad about a 70 year old trail which has stood up this well to decades of use and abuse from hikers, bikers, ATVs, and equestrians.

The trail is a rocky 26 mile loop located in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest. Designated as one of IMBA's epic rides, it traverses several Ozark hills and features long, sustained climbs and fast, rocky descents. The trail is customarily divided into 2 parts; the western 14 mile section between Berryman Campground trailhead and the Brazil Creek Campground trailhead, and the eastern 10 miles from Brazil Creek back to the Berryman Campground which completes the loop. The Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail makes use of the western part of the loop from where it joins it at Harmon Spring, to just west of the Berryman Campground. The Brazil Creek to Berryman Campground section has numerous climbs and descents, none of them really steep, which cross several valleys. This section is also quite rocky with many exposed roots. The western section, while longer, generally contains less climbing, but isn't necessarily easier. A complete gps track of the loop is available as a route.

The trail can be ridden in either direction and is open to bikers, hikers, and equestrians so be sure to give right-of-way. While many prefer to go in a clockwise direction it is just as fun to go the opposite and feels like a completely different trail.

A few sections are becoming eroded from illegal trail use and heavy rain, so take caution on the descents. The trail is resistant to light rain due to its rocky nature, however, please avoid this trail if it has rained significantly over the past 24 hours. Several lengthly stretches are mostly dirt and become mud bogs which are slow to dry. There are several small to medium water crossings so bring extra socks.

Logging is permitted in the Mark Twain National Forest so be aware of the trail direction and bring a map! The trail crosses fireroads several times so there are many bailout options if you get tired or injured. Recently, some new "BT" markers have been put up at some of the more confusing intersections, so when in doubt, look for these. You are also encouraged to report any illegal motorized trail use to the Potosi Ranger station.

No drinking water is available on the trail, so be prepared and bring plenty of water. There is camping available at either campground on the loop - Brazil Creek or Berryman, the latter containing 8 camping spots, picnic tables and restrooms.

Access Info

I-44 to exit 218 Bourbon. South on N to W intersection. 5 miles to Brazil Creek Campground. From Potosi: take Hwy 8 west 16 miles; turn north onto County Road 207 (formerly FR2266). Go about 1.5 miles.

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More Stats for Berryman Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    108 ft
  • Altitude min
    896 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,181 ft
  • Altitude start
    914 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,022 ft
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  • Distance climb
    6.6 miles
  • Distance down
    6.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,522 ft
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Avg: 4.25 (4 votes)

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1 Review & Comments

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flag MAtnip OTA (Oct 23, 2015 at 8:34)
 This old IMBA HOF Epic trail is improving every year. The Ozark Trail Association just received another Recreational Trail Program (RTP) grant to continue rehab work (phase 4). The new grant will fund just over 2 miles of re-routes on the eastern side of the loop adding to the 2.4 miles opened on Memorial Day, 2015. About 5 miles of re-routes on the western side that runs concurrent with the Courtios section was completed in 2012. When completed, the OTA with the help of our friends at GORC, will have re-routed over 10 miles of the 26 mile loop. We will definitely be after IMBA to restore full Epic status of this great trail!!

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