Berryman Trail

photo: Runners hit the Berryman Trail every spring for the marathon and 50-mile run sponsored by the St. Louis Ultrarunners Group. Type: Backcountry
Length: 24.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: near Potosi and Steelville.
States: Missouri
Counties: Washington
Latitude: 37.92   Longitude: -91.05

Located 1 mile north of State Highway 8, between Potosi and Steelville (16 miles west of Potosi or 19 miles east of Steelville).

Description

This multiple use trail makes a 24 mile loop through sparsely settled parts of the Potosi Ranger District in the Mark Twain National Forest. The primary trailhead is located at the Berryman Campground, the original site of a 300-man Civilian Conservation Corps camp that operated from 1937 until the onset of World War II. The trail may also be accessed at the Harmon Springs campground and Edward Beecher Campground. All the trailhead campgrounds offer primitive camping in a typical Ozark setting.
The trail is a narrow, single track winding through strands of pine, oak, and bottomland hardwoods interspeted with open expanses of old fields and rocky glade-like areas. Numerous species of birds, mammals, and plants are abundent,. A cave located near Brazil Creek is rumored to have been a hideout of the Jesse James Gang on their frequent trips through this part of the country.
The western half of the Berryman Trail (14.5 miles) is also part of the Ozark Trail. The Ozar Trail is the midwest's first long-distance trail. It follows a scenic and varied route from the St. Louis metropolitan area southwestward through the Ozarks of Southern Missouri to the Arkansas border where it will join the Ozark Highlands Trail. It also includes an eastern loop that traverses the scenic St. Fran cois Moutain region. Currently 350 miles are open, and upon completion the trail will extend over 700 miles through the heart of the Missouri Ozarks.

Additional Details

Width: 21 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1980

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Mark Twain National Forest
Potosi Ranger District
Highway 8 West, P.O. Box 188
Potosi , MO 63664
(573) 438-5427
mailroom_r9_marktwain@fs.fed.us OR jdwalker@fs.fed.us
http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/marktwain/recreation/sites/berryman_trail/index.php

 

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