Berryman

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.53 out of 5
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Intermediate
24
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,100 ft
↓ 3,600 ft

Loop
3:07
avg time
Trail Description
About this trail
Missouri's finest single track. In 1998 Bike Magazine did an article and called it the best singletrack East of the Rockies and West of the Appalachians. That about sums it up.

Most people start at the Berryman Campground and go clockwise. About 2/3 of the way into the trail is Brazil Creek Campground and a prime place to break. A mix of climbs and downhills all on great singletrack. Go prepared for wicked fun.


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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: What is the skill level -Guest

A: There is a Berryman Epic every year in the fall and I can tell you that they guys in our group that do that event say that it's "brutal." They are experienced mountain bikers. :-) They keep going back year after year to the event. :)

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Granny Gear

April 15, 2016
Lilli Granny Gear  
 
Review: 4/14/2016 I rode a little over six hours for 45 miles on my fatbike. I had planned a single loop but had difficulty finding the trail and so I got lost for a few hours. I used strava, a garmin gps, maps off the internet, and photos of the maps at the trailhead and I still had difficulty finding the trail.
Parts of the trail were washed away with lots of loose rocks and parts of the trail were the creeks flowing down the hills even though it supposedly hadn't rained in a few days. There was a lot of doubletrack and ruts from motorized vehicles. Trail damage from horses was mostly where the trail was wet with trash and beer cans along the sides of the trail and in the streams.
It wasn't worth the drive, I'm twenty miles from Chubb trail and I would rather do loops.

Similar Trail: Castlewood/ Greensfelder

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Granny Gear


April 21, 2016
mongwolf Granny Gear  
 
Review: It doesn't sound like you were on the Berryman at least not all the time. For example, there is no double track on the Berryman, and it is not wide enough for vehicles to drive on it. Interesting.

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Gramcounter

March 19, 2016
 
Review: This is an incredible trail! Take plenty of water and snacks because it is a hefty workout, esp on a hot day, and has no stops for water refills. It is great fun, fast in many spots, banked curves, rocky climbs (some washout), has lots of water crossings and fantastic scenery. I didn't ride the whole length of the trail due to time and water supply, but the section I rode this week starting at Berryman campground was wet only in short sections and had a few downed trees that required minor detour. A gem of a trail!

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Epic


December 29, 2015
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: Does anyone know if the eastern side of the trail has had or is having trail work done on it. Last I knew (2.5 years ago), some portions of the trail needed repair. There were a couple of sections where the entire trail was a rut and filled with "baby heads" (fist sized rocks and larger). At that time I was told that the eastern half of the trail was being adopted into the Ozark Trail system. So if it hasn't already, it should hopefully very soon get some good maintenance work done on it. Berryman is a totally awesome trail for the Midwest and deserves the attention needed to make it the best it can be.

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Epic

December 29, 2015
rambler Epic  
 
Review: When I last rode Berryman (Fall of '15) the eastern half was in pretty good shape. I know it gets some maintenance each October in prep for a race that is held on the course. With all of the rain that we have had here in Missouri in December it may be awhile before it is dry enough to ride.

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Bunny Hop

November 23, 2015
rambler Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Have rode this three times. I prefer to start at the Brazil creek campground. I have rode it clockwise. The Brazil creek to Berryman section is the most challenging IMO so I like to get it done first. If you ride in the summer bring plenty of water as there is no water on the trail.

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Bunny Hop


December 29, 2015
mongwolf Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Great idea Rambler to start at Brazil Creek and get the eastern half done first. However, I definitely would not camp at Brazil Creek; it's pretty beat up imo. At least a couple of years ago, the Berryman CG on the south end was MUCH nicer -- beautiful CG. So next time I ride it, I'll camp at Berryman and then drive over to Brazil Creek and start the ride there. Not only would that do the hardest part first (like you said), it will also give you about 3.5 miles of fun DH to finish on. Plus, you could grab some water at your campsite in the Berryman CG as needed.

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Gnarly


September 29, 2015
 
Review: Rode here on 26 September 2015. I rode the trail clockwise and it took me 3 hours of riding, 4 hours total with my bike computer giving me a reading of 27 miles. I enjoyed this trail a lot. The trail was a fast, and flowing trail that primarily seemed to follow the terrain contours. climbs were moderate to easy and of short duration while the downhills seemed to go on and on. Trail consisted of small crushed gravely rock that sometimes was hard to corner in and a lot of fist size rocks to keep you on your toes. I ran into three separate groups of people doing maintenance on the trail in preparation for the Ozark Trail 100. The first two groups were really friendly and were excited to see people enjoying the trail. The third group, or guy came up on me while I was trying to figure out how to fix my eggbeater pedal at around mile 17( just past the Brazil Crk Campground. I told him I was on a road trip to Colorado and riding everything I could along the route. He then blew me away when he offered to swap my broken pedal for his good one so I could continue riding. What a great guy and an ambassador for mountain biking. The only criticism I would have for this trail would be that around mile 20 there were a set of switchbacks that seemed to come too quickly and were a bit too sharp given the terrain and had you braking almost to a stop to negotiate. Very glad I had the opportunity to ride here, and congratulations to Missouri for such a beautiful trail. I most definitely will ride this trail again.

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Gramcounter

September 23, 2015
IcoDog Gramcounter  
 
Review: Best mountain bike trail in the neck of my woods. Best to camp at Brazil Creek campground if you want to start early instead of driving to and from St. Louis in one day.

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May 23, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: A friend and I did the full loop out and back from Berryman campground thru Brazil creek on 21 May 2015. Weather was unusually cool which was a big bonus because we'd read conflicting distance postings but expected a long ride. Trail was in good condition,very fast in some sections on descents(19mph was my limit),bit muddy at bottom but not very sticky. We knew there'd be undergrowth but if your sensitive to poison ivy take precautions. The last 3-4 miles back to Berryman campground was definitely the hardest part(by our computers the entire loop is 27 miles). Take plenty of water because we both ran out within the last 45 minutes,and it was a cool day..! If you happen to be a single speed rider,I ran a 32 x 22 and never had to hike a bike. Total ride time 3 1/2 hours. We're both experienced riders but the last 3 miles did hurt. Best trail I've done in Missouri,can see why IMBA rates it epic.

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May 23, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: A friend and I did the full loop out and back from Berryman campground thru Brazil creek on 21 May 2015. Weather was unusually cool which was a big bonus because we'd read conflicting distance postings but expected a long ride. Trail was in good condition,very fast in some sections on descents(19mph was my limit),bit muddy at bottom but not very sticky. We knew there'd be undergrowth but if your sensitive to poison ivy take precautions. The last 3-4 miles back to Berryman campground was definitely the hardest part(by our computers the entire loop is 27 miles). Take plenty of water because we both ran out within the last 45 minutes,and it was a cool day..! If you happen to be a single speed rider,I ran a 32 x 22 and never had to hike a bike. Total ride time 3 1/2 hours. We're both experienced riders but the last 3 miles did hurt. Best trail I've done in Missouri,can see why IMBA rates it epic.

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Granny Gear

September 29, 2014
hechtman Granny Gear  
 
Review: Not for the weary, if you do the entire trail (now 26 miles) it is a beast. You can shorten the ride by 6 miles and do 20... Better for those over 60!

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Singletrack


July 12, 2014
Fit4Life28 Singletrack  
 
Review: Awesome trails!!! I loved the quality of the trails and the fast flow of the twists, turns and climbs. The only downfall was the never ending spider web that I was riding through. Seriously the spidedr webs had my whole bike and body/face completely covered. Next time I ride this place will be in the winter time when the spiders are not out.

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Singletrack


January 9, 2016
mongwolf Singletrack  
 
Review: Spiders, tics, mosquitoes, etc. This is definitely a fall-winter trail for me too. Can't wait to ride it again.

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Berryman MTB Trail 4.53 out of 5 based on 30 ratings. 30 user reviews.
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