Paddy Creek Wilderness

Established: 1983
Acres: 7,019
Region: Ozarks
Section: Gasconade River Hills
State: Missouri
Counties: Texas
Manager: Mark Twain National Forest (link)

Big Paddy and Little Paddy Creeks characterize the Paddy Creek Wilderness with steep cliffs and rock outcrops along the drainages. These creeks have water in them throughout most of the year. In the Wilderness are a few old fields in drainages but the rest is forested. Black, white, and post oaks, hickories and shortleaf pine are the main trees. Throughout the area, wildlife typical of the Missouri Ozarks is present. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, fox, coyote and bobcat are common.

Shortleaf pine and sandstone abound in Paddy Creek Wilderness
Small waterfall on the west side of the Wilderness
Small waterfall on the west side of the Wilderness
Big Paddy Creek
Big Paddy Creek