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Glade Top National Forest Scenic Byway

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of Caney tower from Caney picnic area along Glade Top Trail National Forest Scenic Byway.

Spanning 23 miles over Missouri's hill country, the Glade Top Trail travels narrow ridge tops of mixed hardwoods above a rolling countryside. 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 will be pleasing to your eye; 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, picnic tables, a vault toilet; and Willie Lee is another place to disperse camp and rest a spell; Wolf Junction offers a traveler a picnic table to rest and picnic at; and Big Creek Basin offers an impressive view. 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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year round.
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Ava; Bradleyville; Brownbranch
Water: None
Restroom: Vault

General Information


From Ava, MO, go south on Hwy 5 for three miles to Hwy A, turn west on Hwy A and drive 4 miles to Smallett Junction, turn south on county road and go three miles to Forest Boundry and stay to the right and take Forest Road 147 until the junction of Forest Roads 147 and 149 - you may stay on Forest Road 147 and come out at Longrun, MO or turn right onto Forest Road 149 and travel until the gravel road ends at Highway 125.

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