Garden of the Gods Observation Trail

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Garden of the Gods Observation Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Harrisburg, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.5 miles 36 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Observation Trail is a 1/4-mile flagstone loop walk containing unique sandstone rock formations and panoramic views of the surrounding Garden of the God Wilderness.

20 days ago

Beautiful! Who knew Illinois had such amazing scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

super easy hiking with beautiful rock formations

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Short distance, but with so many rocks to climb on you could spend hours here. Great for kids, dogs are allowed on leashes, and ours loved it! Had a great time here!

hiking
2 months ago

LOVE this trail. It is my absolute favorite in Illinois! Any time a friend says they havn't been, I take them. It is a very short trail if you are going for distance. The whole fun of it is to explore and climb around on the big rocks. Gives you a nice little rush. I recomend going in the fall when the trees are going becasue it is by far the best view. Also, I like to go on a weekday becasue it does get pretty crowded on weekends.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Not really a hike, more of an over look, but well worth the stop. Beautiful sights and panoramic views! Bring a snack and pick a rock to relax on and just enjoy being present.

2 months ago

2 months ago

This was an extremely crowded trail. The views were spectacular. It only took us a half hour and we were in the area so it was worth doing. It was a paver and concrete trail.

2 months ago

Gorgeous. One of the prettiest sites in America. Rocks that people of all ages are climbing and for that matter, pets too! Trails for horses. Besides the main trail, there are lots of side trails with overlooks and complex rock formations.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail allows easy access to the amazing view. This day was sunny and warm with clear blue skies and soft white clouds. I'm eager to return to explore other trails in this area.

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

rainy day but couldn't have been more beautiful. 4 adults and a 9 year old. we managed some beautiful views. Had a great day.

hiking
3 months ago

Went to get some cool shots. Not really sure why i didn't "get into it" though. I did a very small amount of bouldering and what not. I guess I just wasn't sure of what i was expecting. I should have waited until the colors turned in the trees, would have been more spectacular i think. I also hit up another trail that was right down the road cannot remember the full name but i think the word "indian" was part if it, it was alright too i guess.

Overall i did like the historical aspect, and the vast sea of what is now trees instead of the blue was once water. That is going to look great in a few weeks time.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Observation trail is stunning. Very short but can spend hours there climbing around and checking views. One of those places that is awesome every visit with changing light and foliage. There's a longer trail with some cool rock formations, could use some better trail markers though. Should also check out Rim Rock Recreation Area (7 miles east) if in the area, very good hiking.

hiking
4 months ago