Size: 11,909 acres
Year Designated: 1976
Fast Fact: Hercules Glades Wilderness is said to have some of the most scenic areas in the Midwest.
With a combination of forested knobs, open grassland, limestone outcroppings and steep, rocky hills, the Hercules Glades Wilderness contains some of the most unique and scenic lands in Missouri and the entire Midwest. In the spring, dogwood trees bloom in an outburst of beautiful flowers; come fall, the area’s smoke trees and maples erupt into the vivid colors of autumn. The area provides an excellent habitat for wildlife of all kinds, from deer and turkeys to rattlesnakes and copperheads—some visitors might even catch a rare glimpse of a tarantula or a collared lizard, both of which have been seen inside the wilderness area.