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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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Southern IL Hiking

Went down to Southern IL for a weekend of hiking, and was not disappointed. Did our first hike at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Trav_LN_now
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
Southern Illinois

Wow, just wow. I can’t believe this is in Illinois. This looks like something you would see in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Matthew C
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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50 Highway 145 S, Shawnee National Forest, Harrisburg, IL 62946-5232
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+1 618-253-7114
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"southern illinois"
in 38 reviews
"rock formations"
in 57 reviews
"shawnee national forest"
in 44 reviews
"short hike"
in 11 reviews
"great hike"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 12 reviews
"camel rock"
in 12 reviews
"easy hike"
in 9 reviews
"fall colors"
in 4 reviews
"indian point"
in 9 reviews
"beautiful area"
in 5 reviews
"couple hours"
in 4 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 6 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 4 reviews
"nature"
in 33 reviews
"sandstone"
in 6 reviews
"bluff"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went down to Southern IL for a weekend of hiking, and was not disappointed. Did our first hike at the Rim Rock trailhead, then moved on to Garden of the Gods. All trails are very well marked and maintained. There were people of all ages...More

3  Thank Trav_LN_now
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, just wow. I can’t believe this is in Illinois. This looks like something you would see in Kentucky. The rolling hills and cliff sides are beautiful! The hike was easy and not difficult to navigate. There were several places along the hike to get...More

1  Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a difficult hike the day before at Little Grand Canyon so I was firmly set on not doing the hike for this visit. We did the short walk by the canyon and found it surprisingly pretty for Illinois. Live near Chicago but don't really...More

1  Thank A Z
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Garden of the Gods was so much fun. My boys had a great time climbing on all of the rock formations. The views from the rocks were spectacular. It would be a great place to have a picnic lunch. You can walk the whole loop...More

3  Thank Paula G
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

We went here today and hiked almost 3 miles. This is the first major hike for our dog. We all had a good time.

1  Thank Kurt R
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

A short and easy hike from the parking area to the top, this place has beautiful views to offer. The moment you reach the top, you will feel a sudden peace and calm enveloping you. Just sitting there for the half an hour will make...More

4  Thank Vidhi G
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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.

1  Thank Navygrl2334
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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

1  Thank StrangeTripper
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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

1  Thank Ricardo59IL
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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

1  Thank Charles T
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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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