Slightly more than 7,035 acres of hardwood forest, steep cliffs, streams, caves and rocky outcroppings make up Paddy Creek Wilderness. There are 18 miles of trails, with elevation changes of 500 feet. Signs and trail marking are minimal; the use of a map and a compass is highly suggested.
Group size is limited to 10 persons. 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.
The U.S. Congress designated the Paddy Creek Wilderness in 1983. 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.