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Garden of the Gods

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50 Highway 145 S, Shawnee National Forest, Harrisburg, IL 62946-5232
+1 618-253-7114
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Great hike with plenty of breathtaking views. Very easy place to find and there is a very cool... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2017
Navygrl2334
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Fairview Heights, Illinois
Gorgeous not-too-hidden-gem in Southern Illinois

Garden of the Gods is a must-see if you're visiting Southern Illinois..... When hiking along the... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
StrangeTripper
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Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
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50 Highway 145 S, Shawnee National Forest, Harrisburg, IL 62946-5232
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50 Highway 145 S, Shawnee National Forest, Harrisburg, IL 62946-5232
+1 618-253-7114
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

Great hike with plenty of breathtaking views. Very easy place to find and there is a very cool outpost before you go in that has fantastic hot chocolate.

Thank Navygrl2334
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Garden of the Gods is a must-see if you're visiting Southern Illinois..... When hiking along the Observation Trail, you get to see some of the most beautiful scenery in Illinois.... Since the trail is paved much of the way, and is relatively easy, almost anybody...More

Thank StrangeTripper
Reviewed 20 November 2017

GOG is a FREE park. There are nice paved/stone walkways. A slow stroll to take in the scenic beauty and snap some pictures takes about 30-45 min. There are no steep grades or climbing involved unless you go off the trail to explore on your...More

Thank Ricardo59IL
Reviewed 4 November 2017

From what my wife read in a travel book, we expected it to be much better. Got a bad taste for the place when we stopped at the National Park Office...wow. Where do they get these people? Not helpful at all and don't seem to...More

Thank Charles T
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Great place to go hiking and climb on rocks and explore. Great view. Clean. Perfect places for pictures

Thank Crystal H
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I drove approximately 2 1/2 hrs to experience the awesome views the rock formations offer! Our ride from southern Indiana to this place offered nothing but views of corn fields and silos , but on top of the rock formations the drive...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Grew up less than 10 miles from here. Still love coming back to visit. Magnificent rock formations for the Midwest. Be sure to stop at the outpost for some amazing ice cream afterwards.

Thank BrownEyedCountryGirl
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Not to be confused with Garden of the Gods Colorado Springs which is awesome too. Never knew this place was there. We found it while camping in Shawnee National Forest. The views are spectacular and much of it makes you wonder how it got there....More

Thank Grant H
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Beautiful views with nice trail - not too difficult. Rock formations are impressive. Well marked road signs - easy to find.

Thank cochranmr
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

I come here as often as possible. Best scenery in Souther Illinois. Ferne Cliff is a dump compared to here. Lots of trails off the beaten path to know of as well. Always something new to find.

Thank Blake H
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FAtguywhoslikesfood
10 December 2017|
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Response from 808CountryMom | Reviewed this property |
Try this link, it shows how far the camp sites are from attractions. It also has phone numbers so you can ask about RV. (We always stay at Timber Ridge Outpost, and although they offered limited camping in the past, I don’t... More
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jaredsgirl
31 July 2017|
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Response from Judydewayne | Reviewed this property |
We have a two bedroom condo (one queen bed and two twin beds) three blocks from the city square in Harrisburg. It is a 20-25 minute drive to Garden of the Gods, Rim Rock, Pounds Hollow, etc. It's nice to hike during the day... More
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follylover
20 April 2017|
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Response from SeeJessTravel | Reviewed this property |
It is a paved flagstone path all the way around but there are some stairs and up hills. It is fairly short (like a quarter mile).
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