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      Bell Smith Springs is one of the most beautiful recreation areas the Shawnee National Forest has to offer. It contains a series of clear, rocky streams and scenic canyons bordered by high sandstone cliffs and an abundance of vegetation unique to Illinois. 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. (excludes Redbud Campground).
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      Region Details
      18 hike trails

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      Hike Stats

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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails E-Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      10 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      4 miles
      Total Descent
      797 ft
      Total Vertical
      276 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Activity Feed

      PlumbBobMaddpoiactivity #36037313
      Dec 15, 2022 @ 3:03pm
      Dec 15, 2022
      PlumbBobMaddtrailactivity #36037231 and 2 more
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      Dec 15, 2022 @ 9:42am
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      Dec 15, 2022 @ 6:23am
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      PlumbBobMaddtrailactivity #36030548 and 5 more
      Dec 15, 2022 @ 6:19am
      Dec 15, 2022

      Nearby Riding Areas

      Jackson Falls2.1 km
      Bay Creek Wilderness2.6 km
      Burden Falls Wilderness4.1 km
      Camp Ondessonk 3 35.6 km
      Lusk Creek Wilderness6.9 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike33 miles213 ft1 mile256 ft
      E-Bike12 miles30 ft3,058 ft164 ft
      Hike1810 miles797 ft4 miles276 ft
      Trail Running33 miles213 ft1 mile256 ft
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