hiking
7 days ago

The least of the trails at Bell Smith, but does have some nice scenic areas along the creek. I hiked counterclockwise.

Beautiful valley, rock formations, Nice natural bridge. Easy hike.

Revisited and camped out at Red Bud Campground, redid this and other hikes. Destination area.

hiking
17 days ago

Trail was easy to follow and mostly flat. Dipped down to cross the water (summer hike so water was down and no issue) and had to climb up a little, but that was the worst of it. I could see the climb out with sweaty hands and wet not-well-treaded boots as a slip hazard. I'd say the rest of the trail was easy to moderate. I did not anticipate the number of snakes. I'm from Indiana and have hiked there more than anywhere and only seen snakes twice out of maybe a hundred hikes. I saw three 5-8' long black racers (educated guessing) on this relatively short hike. One was sunning itself in the middle of the trail. I'm fine with snakes, but my hiking companion was not. Will be hard to drag them out to this place a second time. haha

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked there with 3 dogs and it worked out fine. Went through the side to go through the entire Red trail and got a bit lost, but that was our fault - the trees were clearly marked past the crossing over the creek. Overall a really nice hike.

Beautiful area. The trail was fairly easy and dog friendly.

hiking
2 months ago

Combined this with white trail and sentry bluff. Beautiful rock formations and a river crossing. The river is currently practically dry, so don’t worry about wet feet. Probably more beautiful in wet season when the river is full.

hiking
2 months ago

Combined this trail together with sentry bluff trail. I like this trail much better than sentry. Lots of places to explore and since the river was practically non existent, you could walk on the riverbed. Lots of places to swim as well. (In the deeper swimming holes that had water.) Also lots of opportunities to climb.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail itself is a little bit boring and nowhere near hard. I know the trail is rated as hard, but it is easy to moderate at its best. I would have given it 5 stars if there would have been water in the river. It was very dry so it wasn’t so beautiful. 3 stars isn’t really what I wanted either, but it won’t allow me to do 3,5. If you are afraid of spiders, now is not the time to hike this trail as there are spiderwebs all over the place. I almost turned around after constantly getting webs in my face. I eventually walked with a stick to destroy all the webs. I went off trail at one point to walk along the dry riverbed and to do some rock climbing. That made it much more exiting. I combined this trail with the natural bridge and the white trail. 5 miles in total.

What a great app indispensable out in the Shawnee. Simply pick a trail and it links up with googl to get you there!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail! There are a couple spots where the markers are difficult to see but we found them after a few minutes of looking closely.
Be careful if you go out when the weather has been rainy, a couple people in our group slipped by the creek.

hiking
4 months ago

I enjoyed hiking this trail it offered some challenges due to the slippery rocks and stream crossings. It started out easy enough until you come to the first stream crossing and the rocks. It was somewhat a task to get back up to the trail. Good traction shoes are a must here. The trail than get obscured a little after the stream crossing and one can find themselves gone astray from the trail, that happened to me. I found the trail again and the rest of the hike was no issue.

on Sentry Bluff Trail

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked this trail solo last weekend. I would personally rate it as moderate. It was a lovely hike, but it had just rained and the trail was wet and muddy. I would make sure you wear shoes with a really good grip, as there are a few stream crossings and other sections that got very slippery.

hiking
7 months ago

Really lovely trail all along the way. Easy to follow except at the stream crossings. There are no bridges so if the water is up like it was for us you will need to wade. I built a rocky causeway to pass the first crossing upstream but the downstream crossing was much too deep and we had to get our feet wet. The spring is not visible from the trail and appears on the map to source several miles away which may be visible from another road which passes through that way(just by visual inspection on a map). The trail was easy to follow in most places though some spots we lost it due to sharp turns and lack of arrows indicating the proper path which caused us to do some unnecessary ledge crawling. The sentry bluff trail(Blue diamonds) travels along with part of the Natural bridge trail(Yellow Diamonds) close to the parking area where the natural bridge can be seen across the creek. However unless coming in a dry/low water season you will be getting your feet wet to see the natural bridge or to hike any trails on the other side of the stream. Both the entire length of the sentry trail we took and the finale of the natural bridge at the end were stunningly beautiful. A spraying water fall into the keyhole of the natural bridge gave rise to a small rainbow next to a a large snaking tree which climbed the height of the bridge into the canopy above.
Definitely well worth the visit. Better trail marking in places and bridges for stream crossings would make my 5 star review.

I rate this trail a 3, mainly because the park is so littered. The up keep of the park is terrible. I tried to take some of the trash out but really it didn’t put a dent in it. However The natural bridge is an awesome geological site reminds me of the one in Kentucky just not as big or isolated. The trail was easy, as long as the water isn’t up which can block you from getting to it.

8 months ago

So pretty. Be prepared to cross the creek.

8 months ago

Beautiful. Be careful in winter. I slipped on the rocks a few times.

This trail was beautiful today with the waterfalls frozen! It was a bit dangerous in places where the boulders are covered in ice and slippery.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Just did this trail and loved it! It’s not difficult from an elevation perspective but there are a few tricky spots to maneuver. This is different in that there aren’t any “overlook” areas like Garden of the Gods, but there are many beautiful rock formations along the way. Trail is really well marked.....just follow the blue markers.

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

Trail features the largest natural bridge in the Shawnee and a cool barren area. The ladder is probably the most efficient way to reach the top of the bridge.

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

The trail is difficult in some spots but for the most part it is easy walking..A few great rock formations and a natural bridge are among the highlights..Trail is marked well until it comes to a sudden. turn ..we got turned around a couple times but no big deal. Definitely worth your time to hike.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

just went here, the forest service has done a lot of upgrades and remarking of trails great place

Friday, August 25, 2017

neat rock formations. definitely wear long pants as the trail has a significant amount of poison ivy along it.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Loads of trash, would be awesome if not for disgusting people.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Several different trails to choose from. Not too difficult. Enjoyable day. Don't go after a good rain, lots of slick spots with steep drop offs.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

will definately go back!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great off the path hike. Definitely would go back! :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful!

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I feel like there were some difficult spots to hike through and the trails were easy to get lost from,but this trail had some awesome spots to stop and look around at the scenery.

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