Hike the Garden of the Gods Observation Trail

    4.9
    1 miles  - Loop Trail

    Added by Sunshine LeMontree

    Just 5 hours south of Chicago, explore a unique wilderness area characterized by fantastic rock formations, gorgeous forests, rivers and canyons.

    In the southernmost part of Illinois, Shawnee National Forest is a wonderful natural area that transports you far from the flat agricultural landscape typical of so much of the Midwest. Located in the central area of the forest, Garden of the Gods is a 3,318-acre wilderness area characterized by unique rock formations, deep layers of forest, amazing views and fantastic hikes along rivers and through canyons. To gain your bearings, take the short Garden of the Gods Observation Trail. It's a quarter mile loop walk, paved with flagstones for easy accessibility, but it provides wonderful photo opportunities along the cliffs. Afterward, venture into the Garden of Gods Wilderness Area to explore. An all-year campground is located nearby, but camping is available for free throughout the wilderness area.

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    Camping
    Hiking
    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Forest
    Scenic
    Wildlife

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    Good Time

    A good place to go as a family. Tons more trails as well. Definitely will be going again soon!

    Garden Of The Gods

    Absolutely stunning

    Beautiful Hike

    One of the gems of southern Illinois. Beautiful and easy hike

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    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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