Bell Smith Springs, located in Southern Illinois is one of the states recreational gems. We had a chance to visit the area and camp at the USDA Red Bud campground. A great group of sites, with water and port-a-jons for just $10.00 a night. A multitude of beautiful sights are within a short hike from the campground and even more are within reach with a short car ride as the part is in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest.
We used out new REI Kingdome 8 and she performed as expected. The biggest surprise was how well the zippers held up against Grace (7) and Gabby (5) constant use and inexperience with tent zippers. But, they never snagged and always worked like butter!
If you looking for a nice peaceful get away and an opportunity to play in the cool waters, pools and feel like you are not in Illinois anymore this is the place.
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This is a section I discovered last year while visiting the area for work. Not only do you get the chance to cross a state line into PA but also get a chance to view a beautiful vista looking into the state as well. Washington County Park is a great place to relax, use the facilities and get a cold drink prior to heading into PA. I was fortunate to meet multiple thru-hikers heading north and chatted for a bit with "Bearfoot" about his hike. Great guy and best wishes to him on his continued trek.
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