Rockpile Mountain Wilderness

Established: 1980
Acres: 4,131
Region: Ozarks
Section: St. Francois Mountains
State: Missouri
Counties: Madison
Manager: Mark Twain National Forest (link)

This 4,238 acre Wilderness takes its name from an ancient circle of granite rock, piled by some earlier man on top of the mountain. It is located in Madison County on the Fredericktown Ranger District, southeast of Bell Mountain and southwest of Fredericktown, Missouri. The area is primarily a broken ridge, having steep rocky slopes running from Little Grass Mountain on the north to the National Forest boundary four miles to the south.

Beautiful igneous rock in Rockpile Mountain Wilderness, Missouri
Beautiful igneous rock in Rockpile Mountain Wilderness, Missouri
Small drainage in wet weather
Small drainage in wet weather
St. Francois Mountains
St. Francois Mountains
Pumpkin mushrooms
Pumpkin mushrooms
The forest is diverse and in fall can be very colorful.
The forest is diverse and in fall can be very colorful.
Misty clearing
Misty clearing