National Natural Landmarks

Bell Smith Springs

Bell Smith Springs
Bell Smith Springs. Photo by R. Shaw.

Bell Smith Springs, located within the Shawnee National Forest, is a fragile area containing some of the best examples of ecosystems typical of sharply dissected sandstone substrates. The site also contains fine examples of landforms created by stream erosion and mass wasting.

Location: Pope County, IL ; Pope County, IL

Year designated: 1980

Acres: 1,387

Ownership: Federal, Private

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