Visiting Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

One would think that the name “Garden of the Gods” would say enough. Yet, to understand the name, you must experience its scenic views. Whether you live in Collinsville or Caseyville, the impression is unmistakable. If you have not yet been to the trails, what are you waiting for? Experience dramatic sunsets or sunrises that we swear create new colors. We are happy to share our enthusiasm for the treasure known as the Garden of the Gods.

If you are looking to gain motivation or inhale inspiration, a short hike uphill to see the view will do it. Once there, you will be among rock formation so unique they look like they could tell a story. Enjoy its greenery come summer and immerse in your thoughts at the Shawnee National Forest. Either way, you will find yourself surrounded by the history of Southern Illinois.

Garden of the Gods: History at Your Feet

The Garden of the Gods is one of many historical locations in Southern Illinois, and it started forming over 320 million years ago. Mother nature sent her rain for the trees to grow and weathered the rocks that we see today. Nature lovers come from near and far to experience what only Southern Illinois can offer.

Things to Do at Garden of the Gods

Not only is the Garden of the Gods breathtakingly beautiful, it too has lots to do for nature lovers.

  • Explore over 5.5 miles of interconnecting trails.
  • Besides hiking, you can backpack or go horseback riding.
  • Make a pit stop at the observation to oversee the Shawnee Forest woodlands.
  • Plan a day to search for the famous rock formations: Mushroom Rock, Anvil Rock, and Camel Rock.

Even the most experienced hikers are enthralled by the trails that the Garden of the Gods has to offer. Spend the night amongst the stars at the Garden of the Gods Pharaoh Campground. It has twelve campsites that include drinking water, toilets, fire pits, and more. If indoor camping is more your thing, you can stay in one of the Shawnee Forest Cabins. You can trade-in your sleeping bag for a warm bed and all the amenities you enjoy at home.

Garden of the Gods Rock Formation

Explore Southern Illinois with Auffenberg Dealer Group

Now that you know more about the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area, why wait any longer? At Auffenberg Dealer Group, we love our community and want to share in our everyday joys together. It will take you a while to explore the whole area, but when you’re done, there’s plenty to do in our local guide for more!

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