This Secluded Natural Pool In Illinois Might Just Be Your New Favorite Swimming Spot
By Melissa Mahoney|Published July 17, 2021
I'm an east coast girl living in a west coast world. I've worked in the entertainment industry for much of my adult life and I love photography, writing, and traveling around the U.S. as well as to far-flung locations around the world! Travel is my life and writing about it is a dream.
Some of the best places are tucked away somewhere away from the masses. These hidden gems may take some work to get to but when you get there, it’s worth all your efforts. Within Shawnee National Forest is Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area, an area known for its natural bridge, rock formations, canyons, and a pristine set of natural pools that is sure to be your new favorite place to swim.
Have you waded in the natural pools at Bell Smith Springs? What is your favorite natural swimming hole in Illinois? Please let us know in the comments!
More information on Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area can be found on the USDA Forest Service website and you can find trail information on AllTrails. If you’re looking for additional places to swim, visit this post to learn about other swimming holes around the Prairie State.
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