Hercules-Glades Long Creek Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

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.

Distance: 10.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,361 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching






wild flowers



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.

7 months ago

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

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.

Monday, February 26, 2018

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

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

solid day hike. We took long trail to falls, then middle trail to tower trail and out. logged 8.5 miles. pack water and snacks...Lunch if you can.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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.

Friday, November 24, 2017

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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great trail best in early spring or late fall.

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