Hercules Glades Wilderness West Loop

Branson, Missouri

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Hercules Glades Wilderness is named for the historical town of Hercules, established in 1891. Hercules was located on MO 125 at what is now the eastern border of Missouri’s second-largest wilderness area. Legend has it that an early traveler was astonished at the rugged landscape and named the town after the Greek god. On this hike, you’ll see that rugged landscape up close and experience some of the beauty that makes Hercules Glades Wilderness a top location recommended by anyone who has hiked in Missouri. High, open forests contrast with dry, grassy rock glades punctuated with cedar groves and the beauty of Long Creek, which flows through the wilderness area.
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by Jim Warnock (Menasha Ridge Press)

Hercules Glades Wilderness is named for the historical town of Hercules, established in 1891. Hercules was located on MO 125 at what is now the eastern border of Missouri’s second-largest wilderness area. Legend has it that an early traveler was astonished at the rugged landscape and named the town after the Greek god.

On this hike, you’ll see that rugged landscape up close and experience some of the beauty that makes Hercules Glades Wilderness a top location recommended by anyone who has hiked in Missouri. High, open forests contrast with dry, grassy rock glades punctuated with cedar groves and the beauty of Long Creek, which flows through the wilderness area.

© 2017 Jim Warnock/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Branson
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,066 feet
Top Elevation: 1,340 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Hercules Glade Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest, 573-364-4621, tinyurl.com/herculesglade
Local Maps: USGS Hilda
Driving Directions: Directions to Hercules Glades Wilderness: West Loop

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