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

hiking
19 days ago

great trail and the falls is awesome.

hiking
rocky
20 days ago

Pole Hollow was a nice loop. You can primitive camp at the fire tower trailhead or backpack along the trail. Hiking either direction would be great. You pass along a ridgeline, view a few glades, hike a short while along the creek, just a nice varied hike.

I will be coming back to hike more of the network of the trails here at Hercules wilderness.

hiking
rocky
20 days ago

Pole Hollow was a nice loop. You can primitive camp at the fire tower trailhead or backpack along the trail. Hiking either direction would be great. You pass along a ridgeline, view a few glades, hike a short while along the creek, just a nice varied hike.

I will be coming back to hike more of the network of the trails here at Hercules wilderness.

hiking
rocky
20 days ago

Nice trail through the woods, glades, touches on a creek. still a just a basic trail. Hercules wilderness has many miles to hike, combine this one with another and it will not disappoint.

Hiked 12/18. Nice variety of surface for easy to moderate hike. But little elevation change. Good tree coverage for hotter weather. Or to block wind. A creek crossing in two places that is higher than shoes and boots. And beautiful water fall area. Nice spot to stop for a while.
More isolated access off gravel forest road. Views mostly of trees and the two creek areas with one opening to expansive view.
Dog friendly
met 3 parties on trail
No restrooms at parking area or water

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail. Easy to keep a good pace but can lack markings in places so be sure to have a good way to navigate. Great trail for an easy weekend backpacking trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hiking spot!

hiking
2 months ago

great trail, but not a lot of markings so a map or GPS would be really helpful. beautiful scenery. it was raining when we hiked it so we were completely alone.

The falls aren't too hard to find, trail could definitely use some clearing in areas. The falls had about 2-3 feet of water in the pools when we were there in late November. I'm sure if the water was higher it would be running.

hiking
3 months ago

I’m marking this a three because of the inaccuracy of the trail description and mileage listed. If you want to hike to the falls and back you need to be prepared to hike closer to 8 miles. You have to cross the creek numerous times if you want to stay on the blazed trail, otherwise there are some side trails along the creek if you look carefully. Loose rock on the trail and slick creek crossings make trekking poles a good idea. Some uphill on the way back but not overly strenuous. Falls are pretty and good area for dispersed camping.

4 months ago

Finally made it there! Did found the waterless fountain, yes it did got little confusing to find it. Once you reach creek from south path (which is 4 miles long) follow down the creek 1/4 of mile. If you come from north side (shortest way 2.6 miles) also follow down creek on your own. Seek and u will find :)

hiking
4 months ago

at the overlook got on the wrong trail and off a bit. took a mile or so to work our way back on. didn't make it to waterfall. next time.

hiking
4 months ago

We took the Long Creek trail that is a part of this system. It is a much shorter hike with rocky terrain, fallen timber, beautiful views, places to camp, and an exceptional finale of stunning bluffs and a winding stream to play in. Going down a steady slope going in and hiking up a gradual, steady incline on the way back out. Approximately 3/4 of a mile total hike, but plenty of options to walk around the bluffs and stream to explore.

5 months ago

Great trail, falls are only when it has been raining, but hike along the creek or down the middle if no water, you won’t be disappointed.

Lots of fun! My first backpacking experience ever! Hard work but worth it. Never had a problem with the finding the trail, we made sure to have copies of the map made. Very shady as well, we were able to avoid most of the sun. My only complaint was the river was completely dry, no waterfall, but what can I expect with the heat we’ve had recently.

Great trail, kinda got lost several times, but it was my first time and some of the trail wasn't marked. Definitely grab a map at the beginning of the trailhead, they have them printed out in a box at the trailhead.

backpacking
8 months ago

I went without GPS, just a map on my phone and a compass. The trail is pretty easy to follow except when you hit the open meadows. The overgrowth is starting to crowd the trail since not as many people are on them. The views from the open meadow areas on the ridge about 3/4 of the way to the falls is breathtaking, stop and take some pictures and rest. Once you start getting closer to the falls start really watching for snakes. There are four great camping spots near The Falls. I really thought after all the rain we’ve had over the last few days The Falls would be running, it was not. I camped near the spring just below The Falls to hear some water moving. I saw one baby copperhead on the way in, a very large cottonmouth on the trail (we had a standoff for a few minutes, I went around) and another baby copperhead that popped out of the water just before I was crossing the creek on the way out. I didn’t backtrack to get out because there’s an unmarked trail that follows the creek out. I don’t recommend doing this unless you’re pretty good with a map. It crosses the creek several times and is extremely overgrown. I’ll be going back in the fall to take more pictures. Hopefully The Falls will be running then. LNT

Wow

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing weekend on the Coy Bald Trail and The Falls section. We had just had a decent rain the weekend before so the creek and Falls were amazing. Found the best Campsites down by the Falls and couldn't resist camping there the whole weekend. The hike in was fairly easy to moderate however there are a few trails that can take you off the main trail so the use of GPS or Alltrails is a must. Thank Goodness I got Pro Alltrails so I was able to download the map and get us back on track (since there was no signal) . We were able to get our water from the falls and creek using our Sawyer squeeze and relaxed at camp and by the water and enjoy the rest of the trail without packs on. We saw a few other hikers and actually ran into someone I knew from High School. CRAZY huh! Hiked out at 5 am to catch the sunrise on the bald. It was so amazing! I highly recommend this trail- especially after a good rain!!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail with many photo opportunities. Can be a little tough to follow at times, but with a GPS it's fine. Glades provide a great view of the surrounding area. Next time I'm taking the left trail from the trail head to see where it goes. Happy hiking :)

trail running
10 months ago

I had a great time here. I started at the tower trailhead and took Long Creek down to the Falls. I found that trail kinda hard to see but it was smooth going. I then continued down to Lower Pilot, then onto Tower trail. Toward the end of that I decided to divert onto Pees Hollow. Then back to the trailhead. I covered just shy of 18 miles in 5 hours (trail running). The maps provided on site were a must.
I didn’t have a compass so I had to judge the sun’s position to find my way at certain points. It all added to the epic journey!

Trekked out to the Falls. No water, just some pools here and there. Hiked about 1/2 mile back and found a campsite that already had a fire ring, so we opted to stay there. Will definitely return to the area...and soon.

11 months ago

was a great hike. falls were roaring since we just had all the rain.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Great views, pretty waterfall, clear creek and dog friendly.

camping
Friday, January 26, 2018

Lots of space - trails aren’t marked that well but it’s absolutely gorgeous here.

Camp sites are nice. Fire pit. Access to the creek. We had a water purifier but didn’t stay long enough to need it. Water looked perfect for that though.

Took my 4 y/o here last spring and we loved it. Only drawback was the ticks. There were SO MANY last year. Hoping this winter kills them off. We’ll 100% come back.

hiking
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Way better than expected. Nice in the winter since you have some decent views most of the way. Well marked MOST of the way, but that’s because the trail is mostly a rock path. In the summer I could see it being tough to find certain turns or ways to go. We used the gps from this app and it helped for sure. Good views, not a ton of up and down except one section. Not much climbing or bouldering but some areas you can play around in and on.

hiking
Saturday, January 06, 2018

We hiked the Coy Bald trail Loop and it was great today. I found the trail to be easy to follow. They had signs at the main intersections, and there were a lot of side trails that broke off, but with minimal effort you can stay in the trail. There was not water running, but a little in the creek bed. A lot of options to increase miles on the Loop too. You can print a free topo map at http://ouachitamaps.com/ that will help you stay on the trail in addition to AllTrails.

hiking
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Nice hiking area with some good views. Ran across a mama bear and a younger cub just off Tower trail east of Middle trail. Got some growls from mama bear. I later read that black bears don't growl but may grunt, roar, huff, moan or bark but none of those seemed to fit what I heard. It sounded like a deep, from the gut, throaty growl that lasted just 2-3 seconds. I might have been too close to her young one without knowing it as the sun was in my eyes. I stopped and spotted the mama bear about 15 yards to the side of me on the first growl but just the outline of her due to the sun blinding me. I kept walking and she gave me another growl. This time I stopped to make sure I wasn't anywhere near young ones and that she wasn't coming towards me as I took the growls as an aggressive warning. I finally spotted one young cub close to the mama bear and they soon moved in the opposite direction and over the hilltop.
Perhaps the growls were both a call to the young one and a warning to me. It sure got my attention!

hiking
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Very nice hike. Needed gps to follow in leaves at south end and to get off the creek section.

backpacking
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Here is my YouTube video review of the area:
https://youtu.be/AAA0QaMkjnQ

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