More than 320 million years ago, the wind and rain quietly started to carve away at large deposits of sedimentary rock located in what is now Shawnee National Forest. Come see this beautiful area and hike it's many trails.
Burden Falls Wilderness is comprised of a central hardwood ecosystem with some pine plantations. Trails for hiking and equestrian use will take you by some indications of past use by people including homestead, fruit trees, cemeteries and abandoned roads. Just a stones throw from Bell Smith Springs.
Bell Smith Springs
Bell Smith Springs is a National Natural Landmark located in Pope County, IL. It is a natural recreation area with 8 miles of marked trails over varied terrain. Parking is free. Red Bud Primitive campground is located right before entering the hiking area.