Piney Creek Wilderness

Established: 1980
Acres: 8,142
Region: Ozarks
Section: White River Hills
State: Missouri
Counties: Barry, Stone
Manager: Mark Twain National Forest (link)

The ridgetops rise 400 or more feet above hollows and drainages that dissect the area. Numerous small springs feed several waterways, but the main stream is Piney Creek which drains to scenic Table Rock Lake in the heart of the Wilderness. All five miles of the Piney Creek watershed lie within the Wilderness. Shortleaf pine, oak, and hickory dominate the ridges today, and along the drainages you’ll find hardwoods such as sycamore, ash, elm buckeye, and walnut. Wildlife species are typical of the Ozarks, and armadillos also live here. Copperheads, eastern timber rattlers, and western pygmy rattlers are common. Great blue herons and pileated woodpeckers add to the local color.

Big Paddy Creek
Shortleaf Pine in Piney Creek Wilderness, southwest Missouri
Piney Creek
Piney Creek
Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel
Piney Creek feeding Table Rock Lake
Piney Creek feeding Table Rock Lake
Dry Limestone of the White River Hills
Dry Limestone of the White River Hills