Red Bud Campground/Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area

Vienna, Illinois

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Red Bud is a small, quiet, primitive campground in Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area, off a gravel road in the Shawnee National Forest. It’s a great place for a relaxed getaway—but an even better base camp for exploring all the nearby superlative sites in the central Shawnee. Clustered within a few miles of this campground you’ll find Illinois’ highest waterfall, tallest natural arch, and largest sandstone cave, all within what some consider the most beautiful part of the Shawnee.
The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois

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The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois

by John Schirle (Menasha Ridge Press)

Red Bud is a small, quiet, primitive campground in Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area, off a gravel road in the Shawnee National Forest. It’s a great place for a relaxed getaway—but an even better base camp for exploring all the nearby superlative sites in the central Shawnee.

Clustered within a few miles of this campground you’ll find Illinois’ highest waterfall, tallest natural arch, and largest sandstone cave, all within what some consider the most beautiful part of the Shawnee.

©  John Schirle/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Vienna
Campsites: 21 sites
Season: Mar. 15–Dec. 15
Local Contacts: Shawnee National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Bud Campground/Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area

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May 2018