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We only hiked to swamp and then on to oak tree and back. About 1.5-2 miles round trip....Beautiful hike!

Really good trail! Make sure to walk it against clockwise! Decent into a canyon is a bit difficult and slippery but it is much worse as an accent. Make sure to have good hiking shoes or, like my 12 years old dachshund, bring a friend to cary you down!)) Views are great! Trail is extremely well marked. Outside of 3 places it is more of the easy/moderate easy but those 3 places are difficult.
To bad it is 4 hours away from my house but if I’ll be in the area I’ll make sure to repeat it!

13 days ago

Great place to camp. The primitive shelters had parking, fire pits, a grill, and a Picnic table. The main reason this is such a good spot is it’s proximity to several trails. It’s right in the middle of some very cool places. I definitely plan on returning and would recommend.

13 days ago

Very cool spot. The Trail itself was hard to find and not marked well but we made it around pretty well. High cliffs that can be wet so proceed with caution. Loved climbing up the rocks near the waterfall.

14 days ago

Beautiful trail!! It is hard to figure out how to get down to the waterfall. Go LEFT when you are on top of the waterfall. There are rocks that you climb down right after the wooden bridge. There is another spot of rocks to climb down right before the open field that will allow a longer hike. The waterfall was one of the best I’ve seen in Illinois thus far.

Bell Smith Springs and surrounding area is fabulous. This trail goes near base of bridge and also across the top. Could easily hike all day on various trails in this park.

This is a really nice loop trail about 3.5 miles in all. The start either way is 'paved' with asphalt and then changes over to dirt/rocks. Very nice overlooks and well maintained.

Fall is a great time to come and see this awesome place! The different color trees make it more beautiful. Lots of places for photos. It is a easy trail I have been here 3 times and it always has a lot of people. If you bring children ... don’t let them out of your sight.

We started the trail clockwise. It is a easy hike on a stone paved walkway for a little bit then you will see the stairs to go down and squeeze thru the rock formations..then the trail is a dirt path which had a little mud because it had rained the day before. But not too bad at all! Loved to see the huge rock cliffs beside us as we hiked. It’s a easy peaceful hike only saw one other person so not too crowded!

15 days ago

Nice easy hike. Does take you to a awesome overlook. Has a small cave , big rock formations. You need to follow the blue blazes and sometimes it’s hard to know which way to go. Use your AllTrails recorder to help you stay on the right path. Saw a couple putting up their tent to camp which would be fun!


Beautiful trail. Easy hike , enjoyed the colors of fall

16 days ago

Short little hike up to an impressive cave.

Hiked this trail today after a 24 hour rain. The waterfall was spectacular and the tree colors were amazing. The surrounding rock formations were awesome. Did not want to leave the area.

Trailer was enjoyable


such cool rock formations on this trail! definitely recommend if you haven't seen it before!

really nice trail, but easy to get lost. take a phone (a charged one!) for GPS so you can consult the map and you should be okay. wear bug spray - the trail can be overgrown at times.

Always a great view and fun climbing

Great short trail

One of my favorite trails in the park.

19 days ago

Great short trail with beautiful bluffs to see.

loved the view of the lake if you take the straight bit off the loop and then double back. rock formations were awesome. go in fall when the trees are in color - it's breathtaking!

Beautiful and historic trail! We took our two year old on it and he did fine

We went after a rain and it was absolutely beautiful, it did make for slippery hiking conditions and it was a difficult hike through the falls. Definitely need good shoes.

20 days ago

Wonderful Trail! So much to explore and to see. I really enjoyed hiking this trail along with the other joining trails. Will be hiking this trail more and more!

20 days ago

Wonderful Trail! So much to explore and to see. I really enjoyed hiking this trail along with the other joining trails. Will be hiking this trail more and more!

Horribly marked. Very disappointing.

Great trail, may be difficult for small children or the disabled

Such a great trail! Clearly marked and it makes a 3 mile loop. I try to do this trail at least once a year.

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