I work with the best people. They are very passionate about natural resources management and are serious about serving our Mark Twain National Forest neighbors and visitors.
One of the newer Potosi Ranger Station employees is Patricia Winheim. She is from Missouri and had worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service before joining the Forest Service.
Patty is our environmental coordinator. She ensures all of our projects are compliant with the Mark Twain’s Land and Resources Management Plan and National Environmental Policy Act regulations.
Patty is an avid horse rider. She and her husband raise horses and she has been riding for years. She provided the following information about horse trails on the Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District.
The Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District offers many areas for horseback riding and three campgrounds for camping with horses.
In a day and age where everything costs money, we offer these three campgrounds for you to camp with your horses free of charge.
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The three campgrounds where you can camp free of charge with your horses include Berryman Campground, Brazil Creek Trailhead, and Hazel Creek Campground. These three recreation sites connect with the 24-mile Berryman National Recreation Trail and over 200 miles of Ozark Trail.
If you decide overnight camping with your horses isn’t for you, you can still enjoy the Mark Twain National Forest by horseback riding for just a day-ride on the established trails, which include Bell Mountain Wilderness Trail, Crane Lake National Recreation Trail, John J. Audubon Trail, and Rock Pile Mountain Wilderness Trail.
Many equestrians enjoy the 12-mile circular loop John J. Audubon Trail in Ste. Genevieve County. The trail was established by the Boy Scouts of America as a memorial to the great naturalist and artist John J. Audubon, who visited the area often on his wide-ranging bird collecting trips.
Plans are underway after new funding opportunities arose to support repairs and rerouting some of the Audubon Trail that was damaged in the significant rain events of 2017. Please stay tuned for those improvements to the Audubon Trail.
For more information about the Mark Twain National Forest, or the Potosi/Fredericktown horse camping and riding opportunities in particular, you can look us up on the Internet at www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf.
The Potosi Ranger Station is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You can reach us by calling (573) 438-5427.
(Becky Ewing is the district ranger for the Mark Twain National Forest, Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)