Rockpile Mountain Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rocky Terain with a View

This 4,238 acre Wilderness takes its name from an ancient circle of granite rock, piled by some earlier man on top of the mountain. It is located in Madison County on the Fredericktown Ranger District, southeast of Bell Mountain and southwest of Fredericktown, Missouri. The area is primarily a broken ridge, having steep rocky slopes running from Little Grass Mountain on the north to the National Forest boundary four miles to the south. A printable brochure (972k, pdf format) of the Wilderness is available, additional a recreational opportunity guide (376k, pdf format) is available.

Trails: From the trailhead there is a 2 mile section of maintained trail. The rest of the area is accessed by old woods roads or cross-country hiking. 

Rating: Moderate. Terrain is sometimes steep. The area is within the St. Francois Mountains where elevations range from 1,305 to 520 feet.
Length: 2 miles.
Best Seasons: Fall, winter, and spring.
Leave No Trace: Pack out what you pack in.
Restrictions: Foot and Horse only.
Safety: No drinking water is available at parking areas or along the trail; bring what you will need, or be prepared to sterilize water you find. During temperate months, be prepared for biting insects, poison ivy and high temperatures. Be advised of hunting seasons. Avoid using the trail during excessively wet periods.
Surface Type: Unsurfaced, native material.

At a Glance

Fees No fees
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Camp at least 100 feet from the trail, treat all water used, bury human waste and pack out all trash
Closest Towns: Fredericktown
Water: Not for Drinking
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From St. Louis, take I-55 south to Hwy. 67; then south to County Road C south of Fredericktown; then south 10 miles to County Road 406 to FR2124.

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  Area/Length : 
4,131 acres

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  Elevation : 
520 feet - 1305 feet


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