Irish Wilderness

Established: 1984
Acres: 16,427
Region: Ozarks
Section: Current River Hills
State: Missouri
Counties: Oregon
Manager: Mark Twain National Forest (link)

In the mid 1800’s a Catholic priest dreamed of a place where Irish immigrants could escape the oppression of urban live in St. Louis. In this wild area of the Ozarks, Father Hogan established a settlement that would forever bear their name, Irish Wilderness. The Irish Wilderness, caught in the middle of the Civil War, became a “no man’s land” and was raided by both Union and Confederate troops as well as bushwhackers. It is not certain what happened to Father Hogan’s Irish immigrants, but after the war they were gone.

Looking across the Eleven Point River into the Irish Wilderness
Looking across the Eleven Point River into the Irish Wilderness
Bald Eagle along the Eleven Point
Bald Eagle along the Eleven Point
View of the Eleven Point from the Irish Wilderness
Bliss Spring
Bliss Spring
Whites Creek
Whites Creek
One of an abundance of caves in the Irish
One of an abundance of caves in the Irish
Cedar glade and dolomite
Cedar glade and dolomite
Hills of Shortleaf Pine