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.
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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.
The trails are not well marked, but easy to follow. The waterfall on the other end is really cool. Just be sure to take plenty of water and be ready for a long trek. Definitely not for small children as I carried a 4 year old about 5 miles in total. My gps tracking app showed it at a little over 9 miles from start to finish.
Beautiful views, wished the falls would have had water going,.. When we went it had snowed the night before, the trees looked Beautiful!!
Beautiful views of some of the Ozarks finest Glade Top country!
The hike was great once we found the trailhead. To find it, take US Highway 160 approximately 9 miles East of Forsyth, MO; then make a left turn onto Cross Timbers road. Follow the road to the bottom of the hill and over a creek until the road ends at an intersection. At that point you should see a small signage post that points right towards the trail. Make a right turn and continue until you see the road split. Make a left (this is Forest Road 566) and continue approximately 1.5 miles until the road ends at the trailhead. Fair warning, the trail is not marked Coy Bald Trail; however a trail exists. Make sure to register at the entrance before departing! Oh, and the trail is a loop, so stay to right and it will take you all the way around the hillside and back.
great day for a hike and to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!
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.