Berryman Trail - Trail, Berryman, Missouri

Berryman Trail - Trail, Berryman, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 15, 2014]
mjezik
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

either way

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 30, 2014]
D-Dog
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

This is the only one Ive done in the area

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 15, 2012]
QuadRacer
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 25, 2012]
Kathie Brennan
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 10, 2011]
CFM
Cross Country Rider

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."

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used:

Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail (OT); Trace Creek Section of the OT; Middlefork Section of the OT; Council Bluff Lake Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 04, 2011]
JonRinehart
Cross Country Rider

Wow. The first 4/5 of this trail is the most fun I have ever had on a mountain bike. The last 5th of this trail was a living hell. I ran out of water with somewhere around 7 miles left. I became extremely dehydrated and was in extreme pain the last 5 miles. My legs cramped up, and I got a terrible head ache. I weighed myself when I got home and I had lost 6 pounds (assuming all water weight). I wish I would have read these reviews before riding. It seemed never ending. I would recommend to bring at least 4 liters of water (what I brought). I tend to drink more than most people when riding so next time I plan to bring on least 6. I've gone on many rides this long before but never one continuous loop. The trail was in great shape. It was everything a good mountain bike trail should be. It was pretty technical and rocky for Missouri. It is very important to have some basic mechanic skills for this ride. It seemed like this trail was cursed,we encountered a broken skewer, lose derailleur hanger/ dropout bolt, 2 flats, 1 crash, bent brake lever, and a shifter failure. We had bad luck but be prepared for the worst. There were many deep creek crossings and some parts of the trail seem like they will almost always be wet so make sure to give your bike a good cleaning afterward. It's not some super long epic ride but it seems like it when you get dehydrated and completely run out of strength.

Bottom line: An amazing trail. Be prepared for anything to go wrong. Bring more than enough water and tubes. BRING TOO MUCH WATER.

Customer Service

Start at the Brazil creek trailhead and start with the trail closest to the campgrounds.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 08, 2009]
MtnSpectre
Weekend Warrior

I finally made it out to this trail. I thought it was farther from where I live. Mistaken....only a little over an hour. Anyway, I started at the Ozark trailhead off of Hwy 8. The additional 2.4 miles wouldn't have made a difference to me. I was smoked at mile 20 at which time I also ran out of water. I read the reviews saying bring extra water. I did with a full camelbak and a water bottle packed along. Next time two more bottles should work. There were a few small tree branches on the trail that were easily moved. My favorite part was between mile 5 and 10. The trail really flowed for a long time. There were other parts like that but not near as long. For a trail that shares with horses, I was expecting the trail to be in bad shape. Only place that I didn't like was the switchbacks near Brazil camp site. The major issue I had with this trail was the spider webs. It seems like a spider was repelling off my visor every 30 seconds. I'm surprised I didn't wreck while I was doing the wack a spider dance while riding. I HATE SPIDERS!!!! Other than that I really enjoyed this trail even with getting smoked.

Customer Service

Start at Ozark trailhead and start the lollipop at 1.2 miles by going clockwise. This gives your last 1.2 miles a mostly downhill ride to your vehicle.

Similar Products Used:

Honey Run and Bittersweet near Osage Beach.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 04, 2009]
tsaffvail
Cross Country Rider

This trail was super fun. I am originally from MO but have been living in CO for 12 years. I've heard stories about the Berryman for years and I finally got to ride it. It's mostly singletrack w/ some rocky sections.

*NOTE: I rode this trail on 7/28/2009 and all of the downed trees have been removed.

Customer Service

I rode from the Berryman campground in a clockwise directtion. 3 hrs ride time; 3.5 hrs total.

If I ever ride it again, I would probably just ride it from Ozark Trail entrance on Hwy 8. It would add 1.2 miles each way, but it is nice singletrack and save a little drive time.

Similar Products Used:

unknown.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 02, 2009]
chrismac
Weekend Warrior

5-31-09
Three friends and I rode part of this trail on 5-31-09. We really enjoyed the trail, although we only rode the Brazil Creek to Berryman parking lot portion instead of the whole loop. It was very challenging, but to note, there are a LOT of felled trees on the trail at this point. We had to dismount and climb over approximately 20 times on this 10-mile portion of trail.

Similar Products Used:

Parts of the Ozark Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 11, 2009]
GUnitWildwood
Weekend Warrior

Weekend Warrior training for some Colorado rides - Rode 5/9/2009 - Two points to understand concerning the Berryman trail for 2009. Trail was hit hard by storms. Countless large trees cover the trail. It will take all of 2009 to clear these trees. Very hard to get any type of cadence going because of the constant climb over/under/around that must be done due to the downed trees. Many parts still have water sitting on and flowing down the trail.

Second point - Ride Castlewood and don't bother with this trail. Ride any dry (or wet) creek in MO and you'll get the experience of this trail. The washed out conditions, the rocks, the expose roots on the trail took all the fun out of the ride. You will average 5-6 mph on this trail because of the long climbs, so plan on making it an all day ride. Only reason to ride this loop is get mentally and physically torn up. If you like fun, fast, and challenging rides, once again, ride Castlewood over the Berryman trail.

Similar Products Used:

Castlewood

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
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