Berryman Trail

This multiple use trail makes a 24 mile loop through sparsely settled parts of the Potosi Ranger District in the Mark Twain National Forest.

photo: Runners hit the Berryman Trail every spring for the marathon and 50-mile run sponsored by the St. Louis Ultrarunners Group.

Length: 24.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Wildlife Observation

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Location: near Potosi and Steelville.
State(s): Missouri
Counties: Washington
Longitude: -91.05
Latitude: 37.92

Driving Directions

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


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 interspersed with open expanses of old fields and rocky glade-like areas. Numerous species of birds, mammals, and plants are abundant. 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. Francois Mountain 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

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: USFS Trail Map/Overview
Website: USFS Trail Details

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
[email protected] OR [email protected]



Vintage trail marker and water pump. Photo by Kristi Ponder.

Vintage trail marker and water pump. Photo by Kristi Ponder.


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