Ozark Trail – Berryman/Courtois Section
Another version of this article was published in the June 2017 Issue of Our Ozarks Magazine, Saddle Up
Brazil Creek Campground
Berryman Campground is located on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp from 1937. Eight small sites for camping have a lantern post, picnic table and fire ring. Drinking water is not provided and must be carried in if you plan to have an extended stay.
Riding out of Berryman Campground provides several choices for some great rides on the Ozark Trail. If you head to the North, you can ride the Berryman trail to the NE or the Courtois Section to the NW. There are forest roads that connect each side of the loop that can make the 24-mile distance a little more appealing to a majority of riders.
The trail head is accessed directly from the parking lot. It is consistently marked with the green-on-white OT trail markers.
On the way to the Brazil Creek trail head and campground to the east, you traverse the Mark Twain National Forest where the trail winds through hardwood forests with hills and switchbacks. If riding all the way to the Brazil Creek trail head there is a very nice creek there for water, and along the way you can take the trail down to an artesian well. The creek bottom at the artesian well is very inviting stop for a break on a warm summer day.
To the west, the Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail heads NW through more of the winding hills of the Missouri Ozarks. You may encounter deer, squirrel and chipmunks out on the trail, and there are many places that are quiet with nice shady spots to have a lunch break.
This is a multi-use trail and you may encounter mountain bikers and hikers along the way. The forest roads that to go between the east and west legs are numbered and easily identified making crossing between the trails an easy way to shorten your ride.