Apr 30, 2021Irish Wilderness

Irish Wilderness – There’s no Google Street View on HWY J, so I took a picture. of the Camp 5 Pond access road at Irish Wilderness, Missouri. Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

I’m running out of wildernesses to visit in Missouri. Irish Wilderness is named after a group of Irish immigrants who lived in the area. The settlement was destroyed and subsequently abandoned during the American Civil War.

It’s one of the larger wildernesses, and a one-hundred-and-fifty-ish mile drive from Springfield. The write-ups I’ve read suggest that the trail is a beast to follow, I’ll see. I’ve given myself four days for a leisurely hike on the 20-mile White’s Creek Loop. Though just to give myself a challenge, I was considering starting with an eight-mile hike to Bliss Spring. As I arrived after midday, I needed to get moving.

I picked late spring for my hike in the hope that a lot of people will have broken the trail for me, making it easier to follow.

Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.


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