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The Paddy Creek Wilderness Area is located in
the Houston-Rolla Ranger District of the Mark
Twain National Forest and consists of more
than 7,000 acres. It was named for the Big
Paddy and Little Paddy Creeks which drain the
site before flowing into the Big Piney River.This
is a true wilderness area and is legally protected
as such. With a mixed hardwood forest lining
their banks and steep cliffs hanging above, the
creeks run most of the year. The forests are
mainly composed of black, white, and post oaks,
along with hickories and shortleaf pines.Wildlife
common to the Ozarks prevail in this area, in-
cluding white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, squirrels,
rabbits, foxes, coyotes and bobcats. There have
been sightings of black bears, cougars and feral
hogs as well. Caves and distinctive rock forma-
tions are common, consistent with the unique
karst features of the Ozarks Highlands region.
The Big Piney Trail runs through these lands.
This is a 17-mile long, extremely rugged trail
which is best left to the experienced hiker but it
includes some spectacular outlooks.
Paddy Creek Wilderness
Area & Recreation Area
Texas County, MO
Mark Twain National
Forest Houston
Ranger District
417 967-4194
marktwain/recreation/ sites/
year round
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The Paddy Creek Recreation Area is a rustic
campground consisting of 23 campsites. There
is no drinking water available but vault toilets
are conveniently located. The grounds are gen-
erally open from early spring through the late
fall months but camping is allowed in the picnic
area when the camp grounds are closed. The
picnic area is open year round. Hiking consists
of the 1-mile Paddy Creek Trail and a -mile
trail to the Big Piney River. A trailhead for the
17-mile Big Piney Trail also exists here: horses
and foot traffic only; no motorized vehicles or
bikes are allowed in the Wilderness.
1.The Paddy Creek Areas are broken down into
two categories. What are they?
2. What types of wildlife, common to the Ozarks,
are found in the Paddy Creek Wilderness Area?
3. Above the drainage areas of Paddy Creek are
forests composed of what type of timber?
4. What is meant by the term "wilderness
From Springfield, take
I-44 east toward Rolla.
Access Hwy 17: exit south
off of I-44 west of Rolla.
From Roby, MO take Hwy
17 north one mile, turn
northeast onto County
Road 7600, then go two
miles south on Forest
Road 220.