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Hercules Glades is a small wilderness area in southern Missouri. It's one of my favorite spots, not just because it's relatively accessible. The White River Glades region of the Ozarks is unique, with a mixture of open "mini-prairies" or cedar glades and more typical oak/hickory forests.

In plain English, you can find a lot of variety here. The glades give you an "above the timber line" feel with open vistas and, especially in the spring, some startling fauna.

The place is a bit overused at times. Some folks seem not to quite understand that wilderness areas does NOT mean building little stone park benches or huge fire rings. Overall, however, it takes a lot of attention very well.


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The Falls on Long Creek...

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