Welcome to the Shawnee National Forest

  Bell Smith

Wednesday June 23rd, 8:00am - Bell Smith Springs entrance road will be temporarily closed for road maintenance. 

The entire Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area will be closed and not accessible during the closure period. For your own safety do not drive past road closure signs or around barricades. 

The closure will be lifted once the road work is completed, which is anticipated to take a couple of days.

This website will be updated when the road reopens. Please check back here or contact one of our offices for the latest on the closure.




The Forest is Open - Plan Your Next Visit

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Keeping a Keystone Species Alive in the Shawnee National Forest

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IL. Forestry Assoc. newsletter (see p.13) explains how management efforts in Bean Ridge combat the decline of oak trees & results in improving forest health.<...

Draft Recreation Facility Strategy

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Review and provide feedback on the draft Recreation Facility Strategy.  The period for comments has past.


Proposed Recreation Fee Changes


A final fee proposal package, including all comments received, was prepared. Progress on the proposal is delayed until a Regional Recreation Resource Advisory Committee reviews the proposal.