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Did the section as a day hike from the south to Onandoga Cave SP. Found the north half overgrown, but nice trail, rock formations, views, and capped the trip touring the cave.

hiking
19 days ago

My friends and I started at Greer Rec Area with the intent to hike up to the bluff overlooking the river. (This would be hiking west towards McCormack Lake.) It was so overgrown we were unable to tell where the path was and unable to see trail markers so we had to turn back. That makes me sad. My family hiked from McCormack Lake to Greer every summer when our kids were young. And we still talk about the stinging nettle we encountered on one of those hikes!! :-P

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a well maintained trail. Lots of gravel as expected in this part of Missouri so the trail drains well after rain. Thanks to everyone that maintains the trail. It looks great and has no aggressive up or downs. There seems to be confusion about the mileage.. printed map says 24 miles, Trails indicates 25 miles, our GPS recorded 27 miles, the trail is marked with mile/half mile markers, last one we passed was 26.5. We took our backpacking gear and were using this trip to gauge our maximum mileage per day. It was a surprise when we hit mile marker 24 and still had an unknown number of miles to go. The next 3 miles were a real mental challenge. So we completed the 27 mile loop in one day with our backpacking gear and realized we are no longer 18 years old..if you try this in one day get started early and take enough gear to get through the night if you need to stop. Next time we do this trail we will split it into 2 days.

Great hike! Did the north loop today and it was great. Some parts of the trail were a little overgrown but nothing to crazy. Would love to go back and see what it looks like in later fall.

backpacking
3 months ago

Did this trail last weekend but had to stop at the creek. Water sources along trail are low because lack of rain and smelled so I would not filter.
Going south bound from Ozark Outdoor, at the 2.5 mile mark there are trees down over the trail and will require you to climb over them.
Overall great hike and beautiful views.

backpacking
5 months ago

We turned this into a three day hike because we wanted more time out there and it was worth it! at the 12 mile mark you can go off to the left and about .1 off trail is a great campsite with a decent little creek. it was nice and secluded great for a first night stay. when you get to Brazil creek fill up your water as there are not many options after that.

hiking
7 months ago

GPS tracked this exact loop around 28.25 miles.. nice hike.. not overly challenging.

backpacking
7 months ago

Great Trails. Well maintained. They had a controlled burn last week which left a good section on the west side of the of the loop scorched. We were able to find some water on the east side but did not see a big source until Brazil Creek.

paddle sports
8 months ago

Great river. Lots of caves and springs to explore on the upper section above Alley Spring. Great swimming and fishing for the whole family.

Beautiful hiking !! Nice people an great for dogs also!!!

on Berryman Trail

hiking
10 months ago

a well maintained and easy trail. Did an early February overnight camp at the spring and took the long hike out. 22.5 miles total for the loop (Ozark trail to Berryman). Relatively dull scenery that time of year but no bugs and cool air. would definitely recommend it for an easy overnight stroll.

10 months ago

I love this place!....I can't get enough of the campground or the trails....The only thing that makes me sad is that they've poured tons of gravel on the campsites....

Beautiful trails and definitely worth it. Not good for the winter months due to the creek crossing and if you have a dog, the shooting range isn’t great, especially if they’re jumpy. Guns were literally shooting the entire time we were hiking.

First two miles of the trails were great, but was not able to continue due to the lack of trail markers. The switch backs we were suppose to encounter were not visible from any point, and poor signage led to a bad experience.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great backpacking trail.

hiking
11 months ago

I just hiked the Berryman loop for the first time. This section is a beautiful trek! It is important to note that the eastern side has no filterable water sources, so plan ahead with water. The trail is maintained and and very well marked. I had read that there were a lot of forest road intersections to be aware of, but with the reliable signage they were of no concern. I would highly recommend this loop for anyone looking for a quick weekend trip.

Friday, October 27, 2017

the trail is well marked and maintained very well. can't wait to get back there.

Loved it. The camp host was on site and very helpful--he got us checked in without having to wait until the office officially opened, so we could hit the trails well before dark. The walk-in campsites, which is where we stayed, can't be reserved, but we were there mid-week and were able to choose from three open sites. While they're not very removed from one another (you can see and hear fellow campers), it was still a great experience. We picked a site right next to the creek and feel asleep to the sound of gurgling water and tree frogs.

The bathhouse is also quite nice with individual shower rooms and laundry facilities. Firewood and ice are available when the office is open (or the host is available), and, of course, the trails are epic. Beautiful scenery, well-maintained paths, and good, long trail loops for hours of hiking.

P.S. I agree with other reviewers: Keep your stuff secure from raccoons--those little buggers are quite clever and persistent!

Great trail and backpacking experience. Note that the raccoons are very very clever. Actually bit through my URsack - made for a very hungry last day. Also the Alltrails map isn't as accurate as the map you can get at the trailhead. Wife and I did the North and South loop as well as the pickle creek section - which is is rugged. Plenty of water, scenic views, and good times.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

I did about 13 miles in and out on the East Trail at Berryman. What a treasure tucked away in the Mark Twain National Forrest. The part of the trail I biked was not very scenic, but was very fun moderate trail.

backpacking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

We backpacked this section of the Ozark Trail last week on a hotter than usual day. The scenery, cave, and water crossing was fun. we camped at Bass River Resort and then canoed/kayaked back to the trailhead the next day. Would do this again.

Gorgeous! Must see in MO!

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

We did the 2 1/2 mile section from Lower Narrows trail head, North to the Courtois creek crossing / Bat Cave. We were just messing around, looking for a hike to do while our friends were floating the Huzzah. We had our 5 and 7 year old kids with us. The hike wasn't difficult, but it wasn't really what I was looking for. I was hoping for something more scenic with views of the Huzzah and Courtois rivers. Next time I will do more research to find a better section. It was around 5 miles, there and back. One bonus was that we actually had decent AT&T cell service while on the trail, unlike the campground we were staying at.

Great campground. Solid hike with beautiful views.

Overgrown in the summer. Beautiful in colder weather. Well marked and some beautiful views.

This hidden gem was great!! My husband and I both agreed that late fall/early springtime would be better times to go, simply because you can really enjoy all of the rock formations.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

One of the volunteers that helps upkeep this section of trail and has been involved in the Ozark Trail for a number of years has a kickstarter going to help publish a book that highlights many gems along the Ozark Trail.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2019427560/the-ozark-trail-images-of-missouris-longest-hiking?ref=category

Monday, July 03, 2017

16 miles up the west trail was extremely tough and made for a long day. That being said it was beautiful and a great experience

What an amazing trail system, hiked all the trails on Thursday. Right now it is a little over grown in the areas close to water which lead to me ending up with a lot of ticks on me through the hike (58 on me and 17 attached). I did about nine miles of hiking with my wife in early spring and the vegetation wasn't crowding the trail as much. I would suggest if you are going to do a hike that includes the South Loop make sure to wear light weigh pants no matter the temperature this summer. All three of the backcountry campsites are great and they are free, the two on the South Loop are close to water, the one in the middle of the North Loop isn't. Easily worth multiple visits even if it means having a couple of ticks.

Nice hikes with some steep hills. Love doing the pickle creek loop and being able to cool off the in creek and sit on the bluffs.

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