Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Forest Order signed April 7, 2021 prohibits possessing any food or beverage glass containers in the Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area, excluding the Redbud Campground. (persuant 36 CFR 261.58cc)|
|Operational Hours:||Campground is open 3/15 - 12/15
Bell Smith Springs Trail System is open year round.
|Reservations:||Campground is first come- first served. No reservations.|
|Area Amenities:||Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking|
|Fees:||Campsites $10/night - 8 people & 2 vehicles max.|
|Busiest Season:||April through October|
|Closest Towns:||Eddyville, IL 62928|
|Information Center:||Hidden Springs Ranger District (618) 658-2111 Campground Concessionaire – Jennifer Haner at 618-638-3246|
General InformationGeneral Notes:
Maps and Brochures
Bell Smith Springs brochure/map
Know Before You Go
New Regulation: Glass containers (food and beverage) prohibited in Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area
Bell Smith Springs Trails: In springtime water in the creeks will be calf-high or more and deep pools exist along the creek any time of year - Use cautious when crossing creeks. Due to the remoteness of the canyon precautions should be taken: Carry water, food, first-aid kit, etc. Cell phones do not reach out of the canyon. Expect longer response times by emergency personnel. Poison ivy & venomous snakes are present.
There are 8 miles of interconnected Hiker-Only Trails. The level of difficulty = Moderate – Difficult. To reach the canyon floor from the main trail, you must descend a stone stairway. For trail markings and distances download the Bell Smith Springs brochure/map.
From Harrisburg: Take Highway 145 south 11 miles to Burden Falls Road. Turn right, go 5 miles to Ozark Rd. Turn south (left). Go to Bell Smith Springs Rd. Turn southwest (right) and proceed 2 miles to Bell Smith Springs.
From Vienna: Take Highway 45 north 12 miles to Ozark Road. Turn east (right). Go 10 miles to Bell Smith Springs Rd. Turn southwest (right) and proceed 2 miles to Bell Smith Springs.
Parking available at the main Bell Smith Springs Trailhead and Hunting Branch Trailhead.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|Interpretive Site:||at Bell Smith Springs Trailhead|
|Camping trailer:||Small trailers/pop-up trailer; NO water or electric hook-ups|
|Accessible:||some campsites and interpretive signs at trailhead|
|Drinking water:||in campground only|