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Bell Smith Springs Trail is 12 miles of interconnected trails, featuring strange but wonderful rock formation like “Devil’s Backbone” and “Boulder Falls.” The Shawnee National Forest’s largest natural rock bridge is found 1.5 miles from the trailhead. The bridge spans 125 feet and reaches 30 feet at its highest point.

Directions: From Harrisburg, take Highway 145 south 9 miles to Delwood. Take Forest Rd. 402 west 4 miles to Forest Road 447. Turn south on Forest Road 447, continue past Teal Pond to Forest Road 848. Turn southwest on Forest Road 848 for 2 miles to the Recreation Area entrance. From Vienna, take Highway 45 north to Ozark. Turn east and follow the directional signs to the recreation area entrance.

Distance: 8.2 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

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