Brazil Creek Trailhead


Area Status: Open
Brazil Creek Picnic Area

The Brazil Creek Trailhead serves as a trail camp for the 24-mile Berryman Trail and the 40 mile Courtois (koh-teh-wah) Section of the Ozark Trail.

The Berryman Trail traverses 24 miles of scenic Ozark countryside starting at the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp of 1937 and winding through timbered stands and fields. This section of the Ozark Trail is part of the over 200 mile through-trail. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding here offer the recreationist a pleasant measure of solitude and quiet.

The trailhead is located past the campsites, on the right-hand side, down a short gravel path. You will need to cross a creek to get onto the trail.

The campsites are located on the right-hand side of the road.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Parking
Fees: No Fees
Usage: Light
Restrictions:
  • No overnight camping in trailhead at any time of year.
  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot leash in the day use area
  • No trash containers; please pack out all your trash.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Horses may not be tied directly to trees. Hitching posts are available.
  • No motorized vehicles permitted on trail system.
  • No motorized vehicles beyond posted signs.
Closest Towns: Shirley, Potosi
Water: No drinking water; stock water available in nearby creek.
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information

Directions:

From St. Louis

  • Take Highway 21 south 60 miles to Potosi
  • then, turn right/west onto Highway 8 and travel 16 miles to Berryman Road . . 
  • Follow Berryman Road for approximately 5 miles to Floyd Tower Road.
  • Take a left onto Floyd Tower Road and drive about 2 miles to the end of Highway  W.
  • Take a right onto Highway W, the entrance to the trailhead is on the right about  1 mile down the road.

Accessibility:

The restrooms are accessible.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Berryman Trail - 24 miles

The 24-mile loop Berryman Trail traverses scenic Ozark countryside, winding through timbered stands of oak, pine and bottomland hardwood, climbing switchback fashion from low bottoms to high cherty (flint-like rock) ridges.

Interesting flora and fauna abound in the old fields, glade-like rock outcroppings and deep forest.

Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail

The western half of this trail also serves as part of the Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail, and can be used as part of a multi-day thru-hike, or a longer point -to- point trip.

 

Bike riders must yield the right-of-way when encountering horseback riders.

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping is allowed along the trail. 

Dispersed camping is the term used for free camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground.

Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no structures, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates.

There are extra responsibilities required for this type of camp. It's a must to educate yourself before you try it, but we hope the adventure of dispersed camping in the Mark Twain National Forest calls to you!

  1. Pick a Campsite and follow the Leave No Trace Principles
  2. Camp 100 feet away from trails and water sources.
  3. Treat any water found in the area before consuming it.
  4. Human waste (Feces) must be buried at least 6 inches deep and covered.
  5. Pack out all of your garbage.

For more information on Dispersed Camping visit our dispersed camping page which has information on picking a campsite, how to protect water quality, and campfires!

Day Hiking

Berryman Trail - 24 miles

The 24-mile loop Berryman Trail traverses scenic Ozark countryside, winding through timbered stands of oak, pine and bottomland hardwood, climbing switchback fashion from low bottoms to high cherty (flint-like rock) ridges.

Interesting flora and fauna abound in the old fields, glade-like rock outcroppings and deep forest.

Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail

The western half of this trail also serves as part of the Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail, and can be used as part of a multi-day thru-hike, or a longer point -to- point trip.

 

Be aware of bicyclists and equestrian users on the trail. Please step to the side to allow horses to pass.

Backpacking

Berryman Trail - 24 miles

The 24-mile loop Berryman Trail traverses scenic Ozark countryside, winding through timbered stands of oak, pine and bottomland hardwood, climbing switchback fashion from low bottoms to high cherty (flint-like rock) ridges.

Interesting flora and fauna abound in the old fields, glade-like rock outcroppings and deep forest.

Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail

The western half of this trail also serves as part of the Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail, and can be used as part of a multi-day thru-hike, or a longer point -to- point trip.

 

Be aware of bicyclists and equestrian users on the trail. Please step to the side to allow horses to pass.

Horse Camping

Horses are welcome in this trailhead. There are three campsites at the trailhead, each with a picnic table and firerings. There is room for two horse trailers in the parking area.

Hitching posts are provided. Tying horses directly to trees prohibited. Brazil Creek is suitable for watering stock.

Please scatter manure beyond the manicured lawn before you leave. Dispersed camping with horses is allowed along the trail.

Horse Riding

Berryman Trail - 24 miles

The 24-mile loop Berryman Trail traverses scenic Ozark countryside, winding through timbered stands of oak, pine and bottomland hardwood, climbing switchback fashion from low bottoms to high cherty (flint-like rock) ridges.

Interesting flora and fauna abound in the old fields, glade-like rock outcroppings and deep forest.

Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail

The western half of this trail also serves as part of the Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail, and can be used as part of a multi-day thru-hike, or a longer point -to- point trip.

Amenities

Camping trailer: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Parking: Horse Trailers - 6; single vehicles - 10
Toilets: Yes
Accessible: Some features and amenities are accessible

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
24 miles

  Latitude : 
37.985980

  Longitude : 
-91.032112