Mark Twain National Forest
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  • Glade Top Trail

    Spanning 23 miles over Missouri's hill country, the Glade Top Trail travels narrow ridge tops of mixed hardwoods above a rolling countryside. This is a must-visit in the fall when the leaves are changing color; but it is a beautiful cruise through the forest any time of year.

    Click here for the GTT driving tour on our website.

    Glades along the way provide habitat for some species not generally found in the Ozarks, such as the roadrunner and the Bachman Sparrow, a state endangered species. On the rocky glades you may also get a glimpse of a collared lizard if lucky.

    The glades also provide a beautiful pallet of colors - in the spring Indian Paintbrush, Missouri Primrose and Coreopsis will add to your drive; in the summer yellow and purple coneflowers provide a natural display of beauty; and in the fall the Smoke Trees will show their plumage of color.

    Many vistas provide awesome views along the Glade Top Trail.

    Points of interest along the trail include:

    Hayden Bald which offers travelers a picnic table and parking area:

    Smoke Tree Scene provides a pull off with a bench to take in the views:

    Corbitt Potter if one would like to disperse camp;

    Arkansas View offers a spectacular view to Arkansas and a table to relax;

    Watershed Divide offers a good photo op to see the countryside;

    Caney Picnic Area offers a a remarkable view and has picnic tables and a vault toilet;

    Willie Lee is a good site for disperse camping;

    Wolf Junction is also a nice day-use site with a picnic table;

    Big Creek Basin offers an impressive view.

    Also, close to the Glade Top Trail on the southwest end is the Hercules Glades Wilderness, which offers trails for hikers and horses and dispersed camping - a vault toilet is present at the Hercules Tower Trailhead.