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Berryman Trail

Average Rating:    (4.65 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 84

24 miles of Missouri's finest single track. Bicycling Magazine called it the best singletrack East of the Rockies and West of the Appalachians. That about sums it up. Some long climbs, some long downhills. Everywhere is just beautiful, especially in the fall. Some of the trail is super rocky, so hang on. Never a dull moment. Everything you could want and more. 3 and 1/2 hours is a good time to ride. That's just pedalling time. Most humans need a break.
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Latitude
37.09023980307208
Longitude
-90.87890625
Trail Directions
Take the exit off of 8 hwy that says to
Trail Length
24 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Berryman
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Review Date
July 15, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mjezik ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
this trail has been on our list for years until we set out on a mountain bike road trip/ camp out in the spring of 2014. We camped at the brazil creek campground which is an equestrian campground. only saw a handful of friendly horseback riders. no water or facilities at either campground on this trail btw. the trail is fast fun and relatively flat. the hills and tough climbing that many spoke of, we did not see. we are not hardcore racers but we were able to climb everything on this trail. the trail is very well marked and if you are paying attention you should have no problems. like others say, "stay on the single track!". we found the GORC berryman map very helpful. it highlighted areas of the trail that have been rerounted within the past few years. this may be why we did not see the hard climbs that others spoke of. after 3 days of riding this trail, it soon became one of our favorite and we will be making this a once a year thing from now on. we drove around 5 hours and it was well worth it. we also rode in a clockwise fashion with no problems.

Recommended Route:
either way



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Review Date
May 30, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: D-Dog ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I drove just over 3 hours (one way) to get to the trail, and I think it was worth it. I didn't notice many features in the trail itself that would set it apart, but I enjoyed the atmosphere and the feeling of adventure riding through miles of forests and hills. I initially got lost right out of the gate, there was an intersection of the Berryman and Ozark Trails, and I went the wrong way and ended up back at the highway. Apart from that, it was very easy to follow the trail. I didn't find the trail to be technically difficult, but it really tested my endurance. I ended up walking most of the last uphill climbs as I was just too wiped to pedal. The trail was in good shape, well maintained, and had mile markers to let you know you were making progress. I think this trail is easy enough (technically) for fairly inexperienced riders to handle (definitely the west side, east side was a bit tougher with more hills). If you are around southern Missouri, I would recommend you come at least once to experience it.

Recommended Route:
I went clockwise, starting at the Berryman Trailhead by Hwy 8. After mile 18, it got alot more hilly and had a lot more ups and downs the rest of the way, and another couple that was riding that way rode back to camp on the road to avoid all the climbs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
This is the only one Ive done in the area



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Review Date
October 15, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: QuadRacer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We rode this trail October 13th. Starting at the Berryman Campground, we rode clockwise all the way around. Everyone we seen was going the opposite direction, I dont know which way is better, but we are going to try it counter clockwise next time just to see. Over all this trail is awesome!!! Im fairly new to mtbing and I wouldnt consider this a technically difficult trail to ride, the length is what will get you. Our Cat eyes showed 26.5 miles all together. Like the other reviews say take lots of water, you'll need it! The last 5-6 miles seemed to have steeper hills and seemed to be alot rougher, but that could of been because I was so worn out. I ended up pushing my bike up almost all the hills for the last 3 miles. The trail was pretty easy to follow, just pay attention to any intersections you come across and its easy to find your way through, and stay on the single track! We expected about 24.5 miles like the map showed, we were getting a little worried when there always seemed to be another hill and another hill and another well you get the point. It took us 6.5 hrs to get all the way around, about 3 hrs and 45 minutes of ride time.

Recommended Route:
Only rode it once, but either way would be fun and challenging



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Review Date
January 25, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Kathie Brennan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I can't provide a review as a rider but as a OTA volunteer I saw first hand the over use of the trail from all users but when we got together with the Forest Service and our own volunteers who ride the trail...we came up with some AWESOME re-routes thorugh some pretty good terrain. As we worked on laying out the new section, I "learned" how to get the feel of riding a bike through the woods, up and over, going past some cool features of rock bluffs, through pine groves and along water falls. Please continue to let the Forest Service, the OTA know how the trail is doing through the OTA web site FORUM.

Exciting news is that the OTA Board has voted to accept the east side of the Berryman Trail into the Ozark Trail system so plans are being formulated to review the conditions of the trail and what needs may exist to bring this section of the Berryman up to standards. But know the OT is over 350+ miles and the OTA is committed to it's mission of maintaining the OT and it can't be done without volunteers.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Berryman Campground off of Hwy. 8. The campground offers a quiet setting with campsites and picnic facilites along with a pit toilet.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Council Bluff lake trail loop and is now under consideration to be added to the Ozark Trail system. The Middle Fork section of the OT as an out and back ride. When you cross Stothers Creek, take a moment to look at the turnpike installed this fall because of ground conditions.



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Review Date
November 10, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: CFM ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have been riding this trail since 1990. The last several years it was really showing its age. Time and high usage with little maintenance had taken a toll on this IMBA epic. Enter the Ozark Trail Association and now we are seeing some improvements on the west side of the loop that are just stunning to ride. I hear that even the nasty switchbacks at Brazil Creek are being rerouted. This is no small task. Keep up the fine work folks! I hope you continue on into the eastern loop with more projects. The switchbacks east of the Berryman camp could use a little of your TLC. At least know that your hard work is not going unnoticed. You are quietly bringing the Berryman back to the status of "Missouri's finest singletrack."

Recommended Route:
Start at either Brazil Creek or Berryman camps. I usually ride clockwise but either way should be fine.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail (OT); Trace Creek Section of the OT; Middlefork Section of the OT; Council Bluff Lake Trail



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