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An accessible path to the most prominent viewpoints of the Garden of the Gods.


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

Loop

867' 264 m

High

799' 243 m

Low

122' 37 m

Up

119' 36 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Description

A short, quarter mile loop highlighting the unusual rock formations and dramatic cliffs of the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest, easily accessible by the general public. Bring your camera and your kids, and backpackers along the River to River Trail should plan on making a visit, but the area can be crowded due to its ease of access.

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Shared By:

Ryan Georgi with improvements by Kristina Gilday

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 17 votes

#630

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  4.4 from 17 votes
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#3

in Illinois

#630

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Another one of the vista points off the Garden of the Gods observation trail looking out on what was once an inland sea.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Looking out into the Garden of the Gods wilderness area.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Some of the bizarrely shaped rock cliffs visible from the Garden of the Gods observation trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Rocks and trees.
Oct 28, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
View from the Observation Trail.
Oct 28, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Garden of the Gods view.
Mar 2, 2018 near Rosiclare, IL

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