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The 12,413 acres of Hercules-Glades Wilderness encompass some of the most scenic and unique landscape in the Midwest. The area is crisscrossed by 32 miles of maintained trails (rated More Difficult to Most Difficult); additionally, off-trail, cross-country hiking is allowed. No camping is allowed within 100 feet of an established trail, stream, body of water, cave, rock shelter, and other occupied campsites. Do not build rock fire rings. Horses are allowed; motorized and mechanical transportation is not allowed.
Long Creek Falls affords panoramic views of the Ozarks. The sparsely marked trails include steep terrain, stream crossings, and elevations from 600 feet to 1,200 feet.
The U.S. Congress designated the Hercules-Glades Wilderness in 1976. Check the area’s website for details, a map, and restrictions.
Two crucial rules: 1> Do Not Carry in Your Own Firewood! (Moving firewood around the country spreads forest pests like the Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth.) 2> On and near any waterway, glass containers and glass bottles of any kind, and all foam-type food and beverage coolers are prohibited by Missouri law.
Note: the address and phone shown are for the Mark Twain National Forest office responsible for this wilderness area; however, the map pointer indicates the approximate location of this Wilderness Area.