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The stone stairway cut into the natural rock leading down into Bell Smith Springs. Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

Matthiessen State Park near Starved Rock State Park. Both are a great place for a family hike! Gorgeous waterfalls, beautiful forests and awesome hiking trails. Illinois travelers and residents should check this place out!

Rocky Falls in southern Missouri. The famous waterfall is located in the Mark Twain National Forest near Eminence. The rocks of the falls were formed about 1.5 billion years ago from volcanic lava. The waters of the clear, spring-fed Rocky Creek cascade 40-plus feet down the hillside.Photo by Kyle Spradley | www.kspradleyphoto.com