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Garden of the Gods

#1 of 4 things to do in Harrisburg Features Animals
50 Highway 145 S, Shawnee National Forest, Harrisburg, IL 62946-5232
+1 618-253-7114
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Simply Amazing

Several months ago, I was visiting Carbondale for a high school science fair and decided to drive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SunMish
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Chicago, Illinois
Amazing

Beautiful scenery. I'm from northern Illinois and it was definitely worth a small weekend roundtrip... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
aus_lopez
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50 Highway 145 S, Shawnee National Forest, Harrisburg, IL 62946-5232
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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...More

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Reviewed 1 week 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.

Thank aus_lopez
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...More

Thank oceangirl117
Reviewed 16 April 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,...More

Thank SeeJessTravel
Reviewed 15 April 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...More

Thank AandE_G
Reviewed 12 April 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...More

Thank ChicagoAaron
Reviewed 1 April 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...More

Thank Eric O
Reviewed 1 April 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.

Thank Mommaof5kiddos
Reviewed 31 March 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...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 30 March 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.

Thank Rachael_JRY
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follylover
Hi, Sounds pretty, but is the observation trail good for two old geezers with bad knees?
19 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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Thurston1014
Hello, is there primitive back country camping permitted in the Garden of Gods?
13 April 2017|
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Response from Matthew F | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is permitted in some areas just outside of the gardens. I know they have cabins maybe a .25 mile from there. So I would think, yes. I bet there is number you can call to find out for sure.
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DAJAH R
I plan to camp at the Garden of the Gods, I was wondering what the restrooms are like, do they offer showers and electrical hookups. I just want to be prepared before leaving in 3 weeks.
5 April 2017|
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