The ‘epic’ Berryman Trail

Resurfacing of Berryman Road from Highway 8 to Berryman Trailhead and Campground is underway, but visitors may take alternate routes to reach this recreation destination.

Not only is the Berryman Trail officially registered as a National Scenic Trail, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) designated the 24 mile long loop-trail with its “Epic” status — making it the only trail in Missouri to hold this honorary title.  

The western part of Berryman Trail’s loop also serves as a section of the Ozark Trail, a 392-mile trail system stretching across southeastern Missouri. The Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District of Mark Twain National Forest manages the trail.

The Berryman Trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian users. Special recreation events are hosted at the trail several times a year, including mountain bike races, long distance runs, and equestrian events.

The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the original trail almost a century ago; and until recently, it was showing its age.

“Years of deferred maintenance and sections not designed to modern recreation standards had left the trail in serious need of some help,” said Wilderness and Trail Manager Jonathan Brooks.

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