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Garden of the Gods Recreation Area

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Nestled within the Shawnee National Forest is the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area. Formed about 320-million years ago, observe toadstool-shaped rocks, spires, a sandstone staircase, caves, streams and delicate waterfalls. Take the short 1/4-mile Observation Trail and learn about the geological history through interpretive signage, or delve deeper along 17-miles of trails that reveal extraordinary views of massive cliffs, forested valleys, and fields of giant boulders call to be scrambled over. Take caution near high cliffs.

Picnic Road
Herod, IL
(618) 253-7114


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