Bell Mountain Wilderness

Established: 1980
Acres: 9,143
Region: Ozarks
Section: St. Francois Mountains
State: Missouri
Counties: Iron
Manager: Mark Twain National Forest (link)

This 9,143 acre wilderness is part of the St. Francois Mountains, one of the oldest landforms in North America. The wilderness is named for a family that once lived and farmed along the ridge top that is now known as Bell Mountain. Elevations range from 1,702 feet at Bell Mountain to 970 feet in the Joe’s Creek drainage. Local relief is about 600 feet and is characterized by steep felsite and rhyolite outcroppings. Both Bell Mountain and Lindsey Mountain offer outstanding views of the surrounding area. The associated granite glades provide a variety of interesting plant and animal life.

The St. Francois Mountains
The St. Francois Mountains
Autumn in Bell Mountain Wilderness
Autumn in Bell Mountain Wilderness
Summer in Bell
Summer in Bell
Sunrise in Bell Mountain Wilderness
Sunrise in Bell Mountain Wilderness
Winter on top of Bell Mountain
Winter on top of Bell Mountain
Igneous glade
Igneous glade