Bell Mountain Wilderness

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Bell Mountain Wilderness
IUCN category Ib ( wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Bell Mountain Wilderness
Map showing the location of Bell Mountain Wilderness
Location Iron County, Missouri, United States
Nearest city Potosi, Missouri
Coordinates 37°37′53″N 90°52′37″W / 37.63139°N 90.87694°W / 37.63139; -90.87694
BELL MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS Latitude and Longitude:

37°37′53″N 90°52′37″W / 37.63139°N 90.87694°W / 37.63139; -90.87694
Area 9,027 acres (37 km2)
Established 1980
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
Bell Mountain Wilderness is northwest of Johnsons Shut-Ins and Taum Sauk state parks.

The United States Congress designated the Bell Mountain Wilderness in 1980. The wilderness area now has a total of 9,027 acres (36.53 km2). Bell Mountain is located within the Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District of the Mark Twain National Forest, south of Potosi, Missouri in the United States. The wilderness lies in the Saint Francois Mountains and it was named after its highest point, Bell Mountain (elevation: 1,702). The namesake Bell Mountain has the name of Henry Bell, a pioneer settler. [1] The Bell Mountain Wilderness is one of eight wilderness areas protected and preserved in Missouri. The area is popular for hiking as there are 12 miles (19 km) of trail, including a section of the Ozark Trail.

Bell Mountain Wilderness is part of a large parks-and-wilderness area which includes Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, and several conservation areas.


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