Piney Creek Wilderness occupies 8,178 acres, with numerous springs and waterways. The ridge-tops rise more than 400 feet above hollows.
The major east-west trail follows Piney Creek for approximately four miles. From Pineview Tower Trailhead, two paths of approximately 1.5 miles each lead south to Piney Creek; two other foot and horse trails leave the main trail to head south for a grand total of 13.1 miles of trails (rated Moderate), portions of which utilize old logging roads. The use of maps and a compass is recommended.
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 Piney Creek Wilderness in 1980. 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.