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Bell Smith Springs

Bell Smith Springs Road, Ozark, IL 62928

Hiking & Trails

Containing a series of clear, rocky streams and scenic canyons, Bell Smith Springs is one of the most beautiful recreation areas in the Shawnee National Forest.

The trail system consists of eight miles of interconnected trails featuring strange and wonderful rock formations, such as Devil's Backbone, Boulder Falls and a natural rock bridge. Hiking this system of trails is a favorite activity because of the rock features, scenic overlooks, hidden springs and lush flora and fauna. 

In springtime water in the creeks will be calf-high or more and deep pools exist along the creek any time of year so exercise caution when crossing.

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