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About Redbud - Bell Smith Springs
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
No ADA Access
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Redbud - Bell Smith Springs is located in Shawnee National Forest in Illinois
37.523 N
-88.656 W
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11 Reviews of Redbud - Bell Smith Springs
Great place to spend a few nights

Great hiking and great camp site. No shower but the springs offer a refreshing soak after a long day of hiking. Water is easily accessible and clean. Definitely lots of ticks but you’re in nature so it’s a given. Can’t wait to return!

Must visit

This is a beautiful place with so much to see! Amazing rock formations, miles of hiking trials, springs to cool off, jumping cliffs. Great campsite, spacious, woody. Little over 20 campsites, get filled on the weekends. If you enjoy the untouched nature, this is definitely a place to visit. On the down side, you pay $10 per tent per night (if you have 2 tents on one site, have to pay $20 per night). bathrooms are not very clean. And the ticks were so bad!! Maybe it is just that time of the year (tick season). Otherwise absolutely beautiful nature!


This campground had just over 20 primitive sites. A well is near the entrance for drinking water, and the sites are very clean. Very quiet and remote. The park ranger said the campground is rarely used, but the upkeep is amazing. Miles of trails to explore with canyons, waterfalls, and the famous cliff jumps of bell springs.

amazing campsite

One of our favortie places to spend a little getaway weekend.

All types of camping

My boyfriend and i stayed at Red bud a few weeks ago. We. had a great time. Camping was very quiet and serene. The spring is just a two minute drive up the road and hiking was amazing.

Short Hike to Springs

We went the weekend before Memorial Weekend and had absolutely no problem finding a spot. They were nice with variety between tucked away and fairly open spots. There are trailheads that lead down to the springs or you can just hike around. The springs were a great way to cool off on a hot day. There was actually a ton of people down there during the day but it didn't feel too crowded or dirty, everyone was having a good time letting the dogs run, or swimming. We took a hike at night and my dog stuck her snout right in a snake's face. It hissed and rattled at us but we hurried off and it left us alone thankfully. The spigots didn't pump water while we were there, must have been dried up. Overall a good experience! I would reccomend

Fun and quiet

We showed up on Friday and even by Sunday when all the spots were taken there was plenty of room between sites. Don't venture too far from the tent spots I saw lots of poison ivy. There are plenty of trails in the immediate vicinity but watch out you might see a copperhead, thankfully the I've we saw was minding his own business. Overall, very fun time coming from Ohio!


This is one of my favorite spots. I had no service and it was pitch black at night. The only amenities are a vault toilet and water. Plenty of hiking right from your site. 10 minute wAlk or 2 minute drive to the river where you can hike, swim or wade. Even if it seems crowded, just walk down the river a ways for some privacy. No problem finding wood.


Stopped at this campground on the way to St. Louis. It is remote with several trails to explore. The sites were level and good for tent camping.


perfect place for peach