Bell Smith Springs Trail

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Bell Smith Springs Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ozark, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and camping and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

camping

hiking

rock climbing

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

no dogs

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.

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10 days ago

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20 days ago

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

1 month ago

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
1 month ago

will definately go back!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

Beautiful!

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3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

This is a pretty difficult and, at times, treacherous hike. The trail was pretty clearly marked except where there were sudden turns. We, like many people, got lost twice. We saw a family making a risky climb up a fallen log to try to get back on the trail. The scenery was ok, but I'm not sure it was worth the risk. Jackson Hole was a MUCH nicer place to visit. I doubt we'll come back here.

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