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Garden of the Gods

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Address: 50 Highway 145 S, Shawnee National Forest, Harrisburg, IL 62946-5232
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Several months ago, I was visiting Carbondale for a high school science fair and decided to drive to Garden of Gods late in the afternoon to see the sunset. It was a short hike up... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Several months ago, I was visiting Carbondale for a high school science fair and decided to drive to Garden of Gods late in the afternoon to see the sunset. It was a short hike up to the beautiful rock formations. We spent couple of hours into the golden hours. What an amazing view! Shawnee National Forest offers a lot more... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery. I'm from northern Illinois and it was definitely worth a small weekend roundtrip to go to Garden of the Gods; if you're into nature.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We LOVED the Garden of the Gods! It was our first trail in the Shawnee National Forest and, as soon as we set foot on the trail, we knew we were in one special place. The rocks are easily accessible via a well maintained and easy to walk path – and it felt amazing to be up so high and... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

This was our first stop on our Shawnee National Forest visit, and it was definitely beautiful. It was a gorgeous Wed. afternoon around 2 PM, and while it was the most trafficked hike of our stay, it wasn't overly crowded either. Without stopping for pictures, you could easily hike the entire loop in 20 min or less. We took our... More 

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Marion, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2017

Garden of the Gods is a great natural attraction that has no crowds due to its distance from civilization. The trail itself is very short and easy. The real fun is climbing on the large rock outcroppings that are everywhere. You can pretty much climb on anything that you want to.

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Chicago
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Reviewed April 11, 2017

We took a brief hike around the Observation Trail (1/4 mile), stopping along the way to hike in and among various out-croppings, including a little bouldering with a 7 year old boy and 4 13-year old girls. They all loved it, were ecstatic. This would be a great place to catch around sunset.

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Thank ChicagoAaron
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Reviewed April 1, 2017 via mobile

We decided to take an hour long detour to visit this place. It was a little crowded, but beautiful. All of our children enjoyed it and we had a nice picnic. The scenery is spectacular and it is different than what you think of in southern Illinois.

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Elgin, Illinois
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Reviewed April 1, 2017 via mobile

I am not a huge hiker but my fam is. A great trail to climb for me and the rest felt good in exploring off the path. Beautiful views.

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Grayslake, IL
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Reviewed March 31, 2017

We LOVED the Garden of the Gods! It was our first trail in the Shawnee National Forest, and we probably could have stayed there for hours! My son is a huge fan of climbing rocks, and this was an enormous playground for him. We both loved how accessible the rocks and ledges were, but it still felt amazing to be... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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Reviewed March 30, 2017

This place is very open, and has interesting rock formation. It has very well paved walkways, and is very easy to walk to enjoy different scenes and layers of forest.

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