Berryman Trail is a 24 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Potosi, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
The Berryman multi-use trail that meanders through scenic Ozark hill country with many rocky and rugged sections. This 24 mile loop trail offers a rare two to four day backpack trip or because of road crossings, can be broken up into day hikes. This 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. The hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding offer one a pleasant measure of solitude and quiet
I did the Berryman trail in two days starting at the southern point and going anticlockwise around the loop. The eastern side was easier terrain though longer than the western. I had a late start and finished the first part in the dark. The map I had was wrong on the location of the campsite; when you hit the road, go left over the bridge and the campsite will be on your left about 100 meters down. Both the campsite in the north and the picnic site in the south have toilets. No water that I saw, but there's a creek at the campsite if you bring a filter. The western part of the loop has much rougher and steeper terrain. Just past the halfway point on the western side is a spring. It's not officially potable, but I topped off my water supply and was fine. If you have a filter, though use it; don't be stupid/lucky like me.
It's not the most beautiful trail I've walked; it's mostly heavily forested. But my goal was for a personal spiritual retreat, and it was perfect for that.
Be mindful of the bikers; they are fast on that trail and there's not always a clear enough line of sight/sound to hear or see them coming (or them to see you).
Took exactly 24 hours from start to finish to include the overnight sleep, a few rest stops, and a nap.
I hiked this trail as a 2 day backpacking trip. I hiked 16 from berryman to brazil creek, then 8 from brazil back to berryman. All around a nice trail, great trail to put your face in and go. A little lacking in features, but a nice long meandering walk through the woods. Suprisingly few hills, with lots of switchbacks none of them were overly demanding. Equestrian use is obvious in several places, and the trail has been damadged in a few places, but reroutes around this has improved conditions. This trail looks to be great for mountain biking.