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.

hiking
3 days ago

12 days ago

Very easy trail, perfect for families with small children, dogs and even the elderly will be able to enjoy the stunning views and Rock formations. A real gem in Southern Illinois

19 days ago

Gorgeous!

25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful...

1 month ago

Awesome Scenery. Be prepared for company though. We went around 3pm on a beautiful day and obviously there were a ton of people up there.

1 month ago

Beautiful! Who knew Illinois had such amazing scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

super easy hiking with beautiful rock formations

3 months ago

hiking
3 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
3 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.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

walking
3 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.

3 months ago

4 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.

4 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
4 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.