Ozark Trail - Berryman Trail Loop

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. Once designated as an IMBA epic ride, 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 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.

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. 

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. The Ozark Trail Association has redone several stretches which were slow-to-dry mud bogs. 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. 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.


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.


Trail Information

Trail Steward(s)

GORC has adopted the Eastern side for trail maintenance.


Intermediate / Advanced


26 miles




Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From Patient Zero on Sat, 03/27/2021 - 8:47pm - Berryman (Ozark Region)
2 trees across trail, you can ride under one, and over the other. Wet in the usual spots. Good to go!
From Patient Zero on Sun, 03/07/2021 - 6:23pm - Berryman (Ozark Region)
Only 2 trees across the trail. Damp in a few spots, not muddy. Trail is in excellent shape!
From mjj29er on Sat, 02/06/2021 - 5:00pm - Berryman (Ozark Region)
Definitely has some wet areas and some rough spots due to erosion but overall the trail was great today, especially for it not being frozen. Only one tree to duck under and one to step over...forgot my pack saw.
From Patient Zero on Thu, 11/26/2020 - 6:36pm - Berryman (Ozark Region)
Few small trees across trail. Heavy leaf cover in places, damp but not muddy.
From Deserteagle99uzi on Fri, 10/23/2020 - 5:43pm - Berryman (Ozark Region)
Trail was dry and good. Two spots holding some water and about 10 small trees/branches down which could be Ridden over.
From Chilton15 on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 8:49pm - Berryman (Ozark Region)
Super over grown in several sections. Counted about 12-13 good sized trees down on the trail. East side has most of them. Other than that, she’s fast and fun!!

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