Coy Bald Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bradleyville, Missouri that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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Hercules Glades Wilderness Area is 12,413 acres of the most scenic and unique country in the Midwest. Its combination of open grassland, forested knobs, steep rocky hillsides, and narrow drainages offers unusual beauty and a measure of solitude within easy reach of wilderness lovers. The area is cha Trails: From the trailheads there is 32 miles of maintained trails which follows along open glades, forested ridgetops and Long Creek, the primary drainage of the area. Cross country hiking in other parts of the area is allowed. Key attractions along the trail include Long Creek Falls, panoramic views of the Ozarks countryside, and a variety of native communities including open limestone glades and mixed forests. Rating: More Difficult to Most Difficult with steep terrain, stream crossings, sparsely marked trail, and elevations from 600 to 1200 feet. Length: 32 miles Best Seasons: Fall, winter, and spring. Leave No Trace: Pack out what you pack in. Restrictions: Foot and Horse only. Safety: No drinking water is available at parking areas or along the trail; bring what you will need, or be prepared to sterilize water you find. During temperate months, be prepared for biting insects, poison ivy and high temperatures. Be advised of hunting seasons. Avoid using the trail during excessively wet periods. Surface Type: Unsurfaced, native material.
A great trail. It needs better markings and could do with some maintenance though.
Great hike. It has lots of rock formations to check out. We went at a dry time so didn't get to see the water fall but it was still very cool. You have to register yourself in and out and a lot of the literature said it was easy to get lost but we stuck to the main trail and it was very easy to navigate.
Not marked, but strenuous enough to get a good hike and easy enough to enjoy company
fun not exactly kid friendly though
Easy trail to complete.
Wonderful day hike! Beautiful views with a waterfall! Bring a map, the trails are not well marked!
Pretty hike with beautiful landscape views and the falls at the end. Be sure to bring a map, there are many different trails to follow and they are unmarked. About 7 miles to the falls and back.
The loose rubble and abundance of fallen leaves made the hike less enjoyable but beautiful area.
The trail head can be a challenge to find but worth the effort. When you enter the trail turn left at the fork, go about 3 miles to the falls. I rate the falls a five star must see event, but the hike out following the rest of the loop not so much. I wish I had back tracked the way I came. The hike out is a good walk with some good elevations and vistas but on a hot day the price was not worth the reward. If you drive through Forsythe after the hike stop and have a sandwich at Fat Daddy's BBQ another five start location.
It was a good hike. But we did the top trail going in which was a bit hard to follow and had to cross the creek twice. But the falls were pretty. I waste impressed with the clearness of the water. The steam and fish were entertaining. The prettiest clear water. We took the blue trail out. It was longer but much easier and easier to follow. Also some pretty vista views. 7,6 mi round trip.
This is a favorite hike near Springfield. It's the far side of the Hercules Glades Wilderness so it doesn't see a lot of people. The trail down to the falls via Coy Bald is fun. Another fun option in warmer weather is to hike from the falls to the next trail intersection along/in Longs Creek. If you don't mind getting your feet wet and having to scramble around a bit, it's a neat way to see the creek and the occasional side waterfall in wet weather. The only drawbacks in summer are bugs, Missouri has some pretty aggressive horseflies and in the woods chiggers and ticks and all of the usual suspects require some care. In the winter it's much calmer.
Robert Burlington I'm pretty sure that was me with the 2 dogs. A white and brown pup and a all brown fully grown dog. We hike out to the view on the coy bald trail quite a bit. Its well worth the drive from Springfield.
This is one of the most secluded areas to hike in the area. Since it's not on the beaten path there's a lot fewer weekend warriors and a lot more solitude. Trails are poorly marked so take a topo map. We didn't have a 4WD vehicle and barely made it up to the parking area in perfectly dry weather! So, keep that in mind. We didn't have time to do a 2-day, but, in the 4 hours we hiked we only passed one guy with his 2 dogs.
Few people come.
Solitude is possible.