Hercules Glades Wilderness

Established: 1976
Acres: 12,314
Region: Ozarks
Section: White River Hills
State: Missouri
Counties: Taney
Manager: Mark Twain National Forest (link)

Hercules Glades Wilderness Area is 12,413 acres of the most scenic and unique country in the Midwest. Its combination of open grassland, forested knobs, steep rocky hillsides, and narrow drainages offers unusual beauty and a measure of solitude within easy reach of wilderness lovers. 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.

Hanging out by Long Creek Falls
Hanging out by Long Creek Falls
Spring trail in Hercules Glades Wilderness
Spring trail in Hercules Glades Wilderness
Glade edge
Glade edge
Long Creek Falls
Long Creek Falls
Long Creek
Long Creek
Cedar grove
Cedar grove
White River Hills
White River Hills
2017 Mark Twain NF Wilderness Interns in Hercules Glades Wilderness
2017 Mark Twain NF Wilderness Interns in Hercules Glades Wilderness
The interns inventory a damaged area in Hercules Glades
The interns inventory a damaged area in Hercules Glades