Bradleyville Travel Guide

  • This is Coy Bald - a Limestone Glade
    This is Coy Bald - a Limestone Glade
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    me checking the scenery
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    sometimes the trail crosses water
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    by LadyXoc Written Apr 22, 2010

    This is a great place to hike, camp, horseback ride, and/or backpack. It is located in Taney County Missouri in the Mark Twain National Forest. There are 32 miles of trail and three trail heads. "A mix of typical oak/hickory forests interspersed with open post oak savannahs and rocky, desert-like glades are home to many species of plants and wildlife. This includes some species that are often considered to be southwestern species. prickly pear cacti, roadrunner, scorpions, collared lizard, pygmy rattlesnakes, and even tarantulas call Hercules Glades Wilderness home, not to mention other wildlife more common in Missouri like the white-tailed deer and wild turkey." (wikipedia)
    The campground has a pit toilet but there is no water so bring your own! No charge for camping and first come first served.

    We saw evidence of what looked like old homesteads. The trails follow open limestone glades, ridgetops, and creeks and waterfalls. They are rated difficult to most difficult and go from 600 feet to 1200 feet in elevation. Take a compass as there is not a lot of signage.
    Branson is about 10 miles away
    GPS co-ordinates of the parking lot are n36 41.139 w092 52.645
    How to get there:
    From Bradleyville, MO, take Hwy 125 south 8.5 miles to Hercules Tower trailhead, where you will enjoy a Panoramic view of the wilderness from its highest point. There is a vault toilet, space for camping and parking at this location. The first part of the trail is mostly level, then it descends a slope to Long Creek. Or, take the 4-mile Pees Hollow loop north along the hollow bottom, then back along the ridge.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking
    • Camping

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