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Hercules-Glades Long Creek Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 10.3 mi Elevation gain 1,361 ft Route type Out & Back
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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.

There is a vault toilet, space for camping and parking at this trailhead. NOTE: Bring your own water supply with you. There is no water resources at the trailhead and very few locations within the wilderness area have water sources available year-round. Never rely on finding water along the hiking trails unless it has rained a lot recently.

Phone: (417) 683-4428 (Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs District Office)

The Hercules Tower Trailhead is located along Highway 125 8.5 miles south of Bradleyville, MO.

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Caitlin Tiffany
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Ken Lanning
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Matt Murdock
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Fairly clearly marked trail - the first quarter or so is overgrown at the moment and isn’t wide enough for one person, so be sure to wear long pants or leggings if the weather calls for it. Getting back to the trailhead is quite a trudge uphill and be sure to bring plenty of water.

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Mystie Oldham
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Download the All Trails map before you go! The trail is visible and easy to follow 75% of the time. There were 2 very specific instances we had to use the map to get back on trail after losing it. Started at Tower TH across to Coy Bald TH and back. Took about 6 hours with a long lunch stop and a few snack breaks. We are both fit and experienced hikers. While out of n the trail, there are signs but not regular trail blazes (Eagle Scout project??) There on a Friday only saw about 10 people (also Covid-19) Terrain is awesome to hike. Typical Ozark. Dirt area, open glades, rugged, muddy, tree roots, rocks. Boots are a must. There were a few creek crossings. The map looks like it’s 7mi across (14 total) however we clocked 12 mi round trip. The falls were beautiful! Great place to play for a while. It was a bit chilly to wade but would be awesome in a couple of weeks in the heat of the day. Plenty of places to jump in and splash around. The water was crystal clear and incredibly clean. (Ie-pack it in and pack it out)

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William Goodman
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Great short hike with a few hills and relaxing falls at the end - dogs loved it - good quarantine day- trail markers occasionally were gone

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Wyatt Wells
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Start by grabbing a map or you will be hiking the creek the whole way. The trail can be seen but is washed from the water and can be difficult to identify. There are a few water crossing that could require getting wet unless you came prepared with extra clothes. Multiples of campsites along the way but be sure to stop at the cliff overhang to enjoy the beauty of the area. lots of birds and flowers, including honeysuckles in the spring and summer time. As i mentioned the trail is unclear for new hikers so the map is highly advised. The uphill hike out is tiring so make sure you stay hydrated.

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Jessie R
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I took Long Creek from the tower trailhead to the falls yesterday. It rained all day. The creek was flowing strong. I had to take my boots off at a few crossings. The trail was in good shape. A couple trees down, but they were easy to get over or around.

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Eric Cantrell
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What a beautiful place to hike the falls were great and the terrain is perfect

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C Tors
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Trails have been marked with signs, making navigation of the area so much easier. Solid moderate hike that does require paying close attention to your surroundings to remain on trail. Be sure to grab a map of area at trail head.

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Brian Conry
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Awesome with the recent water. If you can make your way out there, it’s worth it right now. About 7.4 round trip to the falls and back, we did some bouncing around too. Really muddy right now and there are at least 3 creek crossings. We bushwhacked and stayed on the north side of the marked trail so we didn’t have to cross the deeper water right now. Definitely would recommend that. There is a social trial most of the way. Not really any rock climbing that we saw or opportunities for bouldering

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James Gerlach
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You don’t often get sunny and 60 degrees on a Saturday in December, so I headed down to Hercules Glades for a few hours. Took the Long Creek Trail and then stopped at the Falls. Saw a few deer, a handful of other hikers and a Boy Scout Troop. Will definitely return in the spring. Suggest using a walking stick, as it definitely kept me upright. And as the others have mentioned, be aware of your surroundings as the markings on the trail can be few and far between.

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Paul W.
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Trail is very scenic, but it's not really marked at all except for a couple of times by the creek. It can be tough to follow at times, so bring a map, compass, and/or GPS. Yes, it's very easy to get turned around, which a gps will help you. Great area to hike, but again, don't not just think this is a clear, and easy walk in the park "city trail." You can get lost pretty easy in the Glades Wilderness area so be prepared. The trail path is clear on the ridge top, but things change quickly at the bottom and the trail will disappear in several spots, so again bring a GPS. Overall it was a great place to hike. if you get lost use the map, and follow the creek towards the tower. When it ends walk to the left up the hill until you get near the tower.

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John Leppert
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After exploring most of the trails in this wilderness area, I found this trail to be the one most likely to lose yourself on if not properly equipped for your first visit hiking this trail. As stated in the description above and at the tower trailhead, the trails in this area lack good markings so take heed and be prepared. Nice hike. Lots of loose rocks on the trail that could cause a slip or twist of the ankle if not careful.

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Michelle Prange
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Did this in January. Beautiful. The gravel road to the trailhead was too much for my little VW so we parked as close as we could and hiked 2 miles or so to the trailhead. Went counterclockwise. Saw a coyote. Waterfalls were dry. We had lunch there. Very pleasant day.

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David Hankins
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Great trail best in early spring or late fall.

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Roxanne Jolly
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Keaton Schweitzer
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Neal Romine
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Justin P
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Neal Romine
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Matt Blystone
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