Looking for a great trail in Hercules-Glades Wilderness, Missouri? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest 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.

hiking
bugs
rocky
6 days ago

We went Labor Day weekend (just a week ago.) it was barely 70° and overcast Friday and Saturday, heavenly. We camped here Ssturday night and got up early to take out on the trail. To our surprise, it got extremely hot that day (not the trail's fault)... so it was a little unpleasant. My boyfriend knocked down at least 318 spider webs blocking the trail, so he had a job the whole time. All of this to finally get to the falls. Not only were there no falls flowing, but the entire creek was BONE DRY. We were very surprised since the nearby lakes were way up and it's been such a rainy summer. So that was disappointing, but is just a chance you usually have to take. The trail itself was easy to follow and not too challenging. Honestly the spiderwebs, heat, and lack of water is what made it 3 stars for me. I'd like to try again in any season but summer. we just thought it would be pleasant during those chilly couple of days. I also want to point out to people who are looking to camp but not backpack. *THERE ARE 3-4 FREE CAMPSITES WITH PICNIC TABLES AND A FIRE RING AT THIS TRAIL HEAD*. (We have a truck tent and it was hard to find anything online about where we could set up. The sites were PERFECT. Lastly, as far as the drive to this trailhead... ince you get past the low water crossing and come to a fork in the gravel road, TURN RIGHT and follow it all the way up to the trailhead. wow initially turned left and ended up on some private land and had to make a difficult turn around. Just trying to help y'all out in the future! Hope this helped.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Good hike. Would be best in cooler weather. Taking counter-clockwise led to a mile uphill at the end which was almost 100*. Some beautiful views! Will be a great trail in fall and spring when water is flowing. Mid-August was almost completely dry.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed this trail with my dogs. We made it an overnight trip which was great with a cool evening! We could hear coyotes in the distance which was incredible

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

We hiked this trail on a Saturday in August 2019. the hike is long but not too difficult it took us about 3 1/2 hours including a stop to eat some lunch. lots of spiders, chiggers and ticks so bring the bug spray. The creek was dry but we still enjoyed the hike.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Nope. We did not like this trail at all. I always try to keep Missouri trails in perspective. Meaning, the situation is relative to where you are at. But this trail was a full disappointment. Right now Long Creek is completely empty. No water. No water fall. Nothing. The trail itself is over grown, rocks, roots, missing in places, and ruts. Ticks and spider webs cover the rest of it. We started on the Tower / Pilot trail. Looped all the way around Devils Den / Lower Pilot trail to Coy Bald trail and Long Creek trail head. There is a camp site there. There was no water. No water fall. We pressed on and completed the loop via Long Creek trail back to our truck and left. 11.3 miles total.

hiking
1 month ago

Best to go when the waterfall is running!

hiking
3 months ago

Once we figured out to get to the trailhead, we were excited to venture out on this trail. It seemed like we picked up all the ticks at the trailhead. When we got the fork in path we went to the right. Beautiful trail, however, there was a dog guarding the trail. He would bark and stay right in front of us. He finally stopped and got off the trail. We made it to falls and it was beautiful! The water felt amazing! Trying to figure out how to continue on the loop after the falls was a little confusing, but we figured it out. There was a few times we were unsure if we were going the right way, but we made it! We really enjoyed it!

backpacking
3 months ago

Very nice stroll through the Ozarks with a splash of glades and creeks and a very nice waterfall at the southern west flip flop of this trail. Go past the waterfall and up a hundred feet for one of the nicer tent sites close enough for the sounds of the falls to lull you to sleep. I think its best to do the loop closewise.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with some fairly engaging gains for the casual hiker. Trail gets a bit sloppy after a heavy rain as a good portion of it is dry creek bed. Beautiful scenic overlook a little over a mile into the loop if you start counterclockwise. We camped there (not sure if you’re allowed, but there were some primitive fire pits so we figured we weren’t the first) and the night was simply incredible. Be sure to practice lnt if you do.

You have to drive across a washed out section of road to get to the Coy Bald TH so if it has recently rained a lot I'd be prepared to turn around and hike somewhere else if the water is too deep over that road! Trails are well maintained except a few places. Great hike!

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Nice hike just over 9 miles. excelent solitude. got off trail a couple times due to leaves covering trail and washout parts but over all worth it for the falls and the view from clearing on top. Not many markings take a good paper map, your phone will die(or at least mine did). Happy Trails!

Sister in Law and I went on this trail with our infants. It isn’t the easiest trail, of course, but we had a lot of fun. The water was running this time and we turned around at the first creek because we were on a time constraint. Boo. But the creek was beautiful.

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

This trail has some great views, but very rocky, muddy, and not marked well. Also, about 2 miles from trailhead you have to drive across a road where water is rushing over.

backpacking
5 months ago

First backpacking experience. Was great! Trail map is helpful. Was fortunate that the recent rain made for incredible waterfalls. Was able to camp at the falls at a spot that already had a fire ring. I did Tower to Upper Pilot then down to the falls and camped there. Made for a short hike the next morning up Long Creek back to the parking lot. I look forward to doing it again.

hiking
5 months ago

Like previous reviews stated: easy to find trailhead, well marked. Spring day and ticks are out. Between the two of us and two dogs we found at least 12 ticks. Very quiet. Only other person we saw was US Forest employee tending to signage. Enjoy the solitude!

hiking
5 months ago

This is a decently maintained trail that starts at high elevation and goes down to Longs Creek and a nice waterfall. The trailhead has space for about 5 cars. If you are doing dispersed camping I would recommend hiking in a bit. We camped about 400 feet in from the trailhead and there was a thick blanket of leaves everywhere and tons of rocks underneath. I believe the camping spot marked on the trail map above is the first big clearing to the left going in on the trail. The Blair Ridge trail was not very heavily trafficked - we only ran into two other groups on the trail itself, but expect to run into others down at the falls as there are other trails that run into this area. Go left at the fork by the river to get to the falls. The signs are not very obvious. Overall I would rate this as an easy hike if you are over 13 and have any experience hiking. Ticks are big in this area, bring repellant and check yourself after exiting the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Hoping to hike soon. About two miles from the trailhead the bridge to get there was under water. We visited on 3/31/2019

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

this was a nice trail with some nice views of water falls and the ozark hills . just plan on getting your feet wet. there are a couple water crossings

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rocky
5 months ago

This was my first time hiking. This trail was rocky in parts, but overall fantastic! The people I met on the trail were very friendly. I will definitely hike here again!

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muddy
6 months ago

Amazing views of waterfalls! It was a pretty moderate trail

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