Garden of the Gods Rec Area, Bell Smith Springs Trailhead Close

Garden of the Gods Rec Area, Bell Smith Springs Trailhead Close

HARDIN CO. – Shawnee National Forest officials have temporarily closed the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area and the Bell Smith Springs Trailhead.

In a press release Thursday afternoon, officials said the closure was in alignment with current CDC guidelines for social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of employees, visitors, and volunteers.

The closures are in addition to the previously closed campgrounds in the area, including the Camp Cadiz Campground, Pharoah Campgrounds at Garden of the Gods, Pine Ridge Campground at Pounds Hollow, and Tower Rock Campground.