Burden Falls Wilderness

Established: 1990
Acres: 3,695
Region: Shawnee
Section: Interior Plateau
Subsection: Northern Shawnee Hills
State: Illinois
Counties: Pope, Saline
Manager: Shawnee National Forest (link)
Agency: U.S. National Forest Service

The Wilderness is located adjacent to Bay Creek Wilderness and is in a stone’s throw of Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area. ¬†Burden Falls Wilderness is comprised of a central hardwood ecosytem with some pine plantations. Trails for hiking and equestrian use will take you by some indications of past use by people including homestead, fruit trees, cemeteries and abandoned roads. Of course, there is a small, but very scenic waterfall located on the southern edge of the wilderness.

Burden Falls
Burden Falls
Burden Creek, a tributary of Little Saline River
Burden Creek, a tributary of Little Saline River
Cane along Burden Creek
Cane along Burden Creek
Campsite and lean-to in Burden Falls Wilderness
Campsite and lean-to in Burden Falls Wilderness
Burden Falls Wilderness
Burden Falls Wilderness
Burden Falls
Burden Falls
Burden Creek
Burden Creek