Explore the most popular Camping trails in Mark Twain National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
over grown
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
off trail
13 days ago

It was a very nice trail. Trail is hard to follow so take your phone and AllTrails app. Lots of water and small water crossings. Could have made it a look and come out on Tar Kiln but there were hunters on that trail.

on Berryman Trail

hiking
14 days ago

It's been a couple of weeks, but I hiked the entire loop and it was great. Trail was marked fairly well at each half mile. I started at Berryman campground around 10 a.m. and hiked the western loop. Stopped at Beecher Spring for a break and to fill up on water. Continued up to the east loop intersection and took that toward Brazil Creek campground. Just before the campground is Brazil Creek, which was the next water source that I saw after Beecher Spring, except for a pretty scummy pond. Went through the creek and the campground was to the left. Set up my tent, made my Mountain House chow and relaxed. GPS said I did almost 17 miles from Berryman CG to Brazil Creek, going clockwise. Owls and coyotes were noisy during the night, but it didn't bother me at all. Got up early, ate breakfast while I packed up and off I went to complete the east loop back down to Berryman Campground. Overall, my gps said it was about 28 miles. Please note that the east loop is very rocky. Sharp and jagged and did a number on my yellow lab's feet. She hikes with me all the time, so her feet are normally up for almost anything. Well, that east loop tore her up pretty good. Will need to use booties on her feet for next time. Was a very relaxing trail, peaceful but challenging. A great hike for those that want some solitude.

Good luck finding the trail in seed tick hollow. Also, don’t even think about trying this trail in shorts. Blackberries are THICK.

To add some context to this review: 1) Hiked from Tauk Sauk trailhead to Scour Trailhead 2) Hiked late October 2019, temperature was between mid 40s at start of day to low 60s during mid afternoon at the end. 3) My friend and I, 30 & 32 years old, were carrying ~30lbs packs. We're both in pretty good overall shape, but only hike this sort of distance about once a year. Overall, we felt this hike was great. Some beautiful views, overall it was a well-marked trail, and not too many people were on the trail. Yes, the trail was pretty rocky in some spots, but it did not seem overly rugged. To rate the difficulty of the trail, I'd say it is on the difficult side of moderate - but would not rate it as 'hard'. We were looking for a trail that would really kick our butts, and although this trail was great, it did not kick our butts. We finished in exactly 7.5hrs with approx. 4-6 stops for snacks, drinks of water, lunch, views, and shedding layers of clothing as the temperature warmed up. As others have said, there's not too many options for water so make sure to plan accordingly. Between roughly 3-6 miles westward of Taum Sauk trailhead (just off the trail) we counted 4 camping spots with fire-pits built up with rocks. Would definitely do this hike again, but would approach it as moderate and target a 6.5-7 hour day hike while packing plenty of water, 1-2 light snacks, and a light lunch.

hiking
over grown
rocky
24 days ago

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
25 days ago

The trail to the creek isn’t super well marked but I didn’t have too much of an issue in mid-October. There is no real trail once you hit the creek so you just kinda scramble. I didn’t see any snakes but I also went in the fall

backpacking
rocky
26 days ago

Very strenuous. Lots of hills and very rocky. Great hike but not for someones first hike.

Great hike for kids to see the Fall colors. Take the dog too, they'll enjoy it very much! Trails are well marked and currently dry. The loops can be divided up shorter if the little ones get a bit tired.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
1 month ago

As others have said this is a tough hike. My group had 30 pound packs each and got 8+ miles in day 1. We lost the trail near the middle of going down the Mina Sauk Falls area and wasted some time and effort after hanging out at the falls for a out an hour. Going from Taum Sauk to the Scour trail head as shown on this app you have tons of water sources for the first 5 miles or so, Then NOTHING. The camp sites that are reasonable are all in the first 5 miles or so as well. After that it's all seriously rocky and inclined. We made but with an area that was on a hill with about a 10/15° angle and couldn't stake anything down anywhere. with out a good pad you could not sleep ANYWHERE after the first 4/5 miles. I did not see anything much better for another 3 or 4 miles and by then if you had time to set up camp you could finish the hike just as easily. In short I would hike from the scour up next time. Other than the inclines toward the end you can knock out a good portion day 1 have a well set up level less rocky camp and plenty of water to refresh supplies by days end. It had some good scenery but after the Devils Toll Gate and Mina Sauk Falls nothing is on the same scale. I did it 25 years ago with my Dad and took my Daughter and Nephew. I'll do not again when they have kids to take.

Hiked out to and around Crane Lake and back to Marble Creek Campground. Lovely. Trail is well marked but it does require hikers to pay attention. I saw only a small handful of folks in 8.5 hours. Plenty of deer and came across two locals who told me to watch out for wild boars. Found a wallow but not boars. Plenty of fresh tracks.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

I stopped here and thought about hiking with my dog, the beginning of the trail was not too obvious and it looked very overgrown! There is a parking lot and a couple picnic tables and some dead trees that are kind a neat. I decided to go hike one of the other loops, smith creek trail.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

This trail has some breathtaking views but you do work for them. It’s overgrown in parts & easy to get off trail in other parts. A great trail if you have all day but go prepared.

Nice hike. I would imagine it would be pretty confusing without a gps but with this app it was no issue. I had to park at the intersection and walk Down to the trail head. All the creeks on the east loop were dry and besides a couple old ponds there wasn’t any water. On the west loop there was a little running water. I assumed it would be scarce so I packed in all my water for the day. The extra weight made this a pretty good workout.

backpacking
rocky
1 month ago

I have to say, tough Trail there is a few released hills that where you out. The trail got tough around half-way point but once u make it through its alot easier. Bad news is there are only a few flat areas to pitch a tent but plenty of trees for hammocks.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

I would recommend this trail. We took our 3 and 4 year old boys on this and it was very easy them. We didn’t do the full trail but still had a great time. You also have a great view of the lake!

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Very much overgrown. Did my fair share of bushwhacking with too many arachnids to count all over me. However I never lost the trail. The fields could especially be better marked. I did some dispersed camping. Only one suitable campsite that I passed on Moon loop. Muddy in some places but none of the streams were flowing. Didn’t finish the loop, broke off and took the gravel roads back to my car. Partly because I just wasn’t having fun, and also because I had no water source to replenish my water. Probably won’t venture out this way again. Maybe the more trafficked areas are not as overgrown

mountain biking
bugs
2 months ago

Rode the full 27 mile loop. It was a blast to ride. Trail is marked great and easy to follow.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Completed over Labor Day weekend, took me a little over 4 hours at a quick pace — it read as a little more than 12 miles. Beautiful trail, well maintained, pretty well marked. But I don’t think I will be back to this trail again at this time in the year. SO many spiderwebs (even with multiple groups on the trial that I passed) I’d say walking through one every 2-3 minutes. I ended up just walking while waving a stick in front of me. Constant buzzing in and around my ears by horseflies that would not let up. Got home and realized I was covered in chigger bites (even though I was wearing long pants and long sleeves due to earlier reviews).

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

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