Best trails in Hercules-Glades Wilderness, Missouri

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Looking for a great trail in Hercules-Glades Wilderness, Missouri? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Hercules-Glades Wilderness ranging from 4.1 to 10.3 miles and from 974 to 1,381 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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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. 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. 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.

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#1 - Coy Bald Trail
Hercules-Glades Wilderness
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
The trailhead is off of a county road that turns into a poorly maintained gravel road. The trailhead isn't marked as Coy Bald, but it's obvious when you get there. A few hundred yards off the trailhead there is a fork in the trail. You can go to the left to get to the falls quicker. There is a lot if washout on the trail, making the decent (or ascent) a bit more difficult, but not unbearable. There are two established camp sites with fire rings on either side of the first river crossing. It's a pretty area and the water is good for filtering. The rest of the trail is heavily wooded with no views. From the trailhead it's about 3 miles to the falls. You'll cross the river twice. The trail has some rocky inclines and some smooth flat areas and a lot of washout, but it's travelled well enough that it is easy follow. That may change when the leaves are on the trail since there are no markings to guide you. About two miles in, another trail crosses, just stay straight and you'll be fine. There are four established campsites near the falls with stone fire rings. The water was very nice for wading in, but be careful of water moccasins. Show more
#2 - Hercules Glade Backpacking Loop
Hercules-Glades Wilderness
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 4 h 37 m
#3 - Blair Ridge
Hercules-Glades Wilderness
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
#4 - Hercules-Glades Long Creek Trail
Hercules-Glades Wilderness
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 4 m
From the three trailheads in this wilderness area there are 32 miles of maintained trails which follows along open glades, forested ridgetops and Long Creek, the primary drainage of the area. Several opportunities for different loop trail combinations are available depending on how much hiking you want to do. 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. The area is characterized by shallow droughty soils and limestone rock outcroppings. Eastern red cedar and oak trees are interspersed with open glades supporting native tall prairie grasses. Redbud and dogwood provide beautiful spring flowers, while smoke tree and maple put on vivid fall colors. A variety of wildlife species live within the Hercules Glades including white-tailed deer, raccoons rabbits, squirrels, turkey, quail, songbirds, lizards and snakes. Copperheads and rattlesnakes may be encountered. Roadrunners, collared lizards, tarantulas, wild hogs and black bears are some of the more uncommon wildlife residents. Backcountry camping is allowed anywhere in the wilderness, as long as you are at least 100yds from any trail, or at least mile from any trailhead. 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.Show more
#5 - Hercules Lookout To Long Creek
Hercules-Glades Wilderness
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
#6 - Pees Hollow Trail
Hercules-Glades Wilderness
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
The Pea Hollow Loop at Hercules Glade starts at the Tower trailhead. The trail is a bit rugged and difficult to follow at times. Show more
#7 - Hercules Glade Firetower
Hercules-Glades Wilderness
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
#8 - Tower and Long Creek Trail Loop
Hercules-Glades Wilderness
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m