One could not help but admire the suberb craftsmanship of these stairs when descending from the parking lot to the trails of Bell Smith Springs. This type of craftsmanship and park enhancement is found all over Southern Illinois parks and remains the result of “Civilian Conservation Corps” work from the Great Depression Era. It amazes me how skillfully these steps are crafted, how they blend into the natural beauty and surroundings, and how well the steps have endured the years. I silently wondered if it might be time to revive the work of the CCC; so many people facing unemployment these days.
As is the case throughout Southern Illinois, large rock outcroppings are prevalent in Bell Smith Springs, as are many other natural treasures. You can read more about Bell Smith Springs HERE.
I think Mother Nature has a way of creating her own natural abstract art.