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, IL 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 47 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
27 days 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

walking
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 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
2 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.

3 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

I'll be coming from Chicago to photograph this weekend if anyone wants to join! It'll be my first time here. If you're a photographer too or just want to hike, let me know! I'd love the company!

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4 months ago

Love love

4 months ago

Short and easy hike, but plan more time than you would think based on the trail length, because there are so many breathtaking views and great photo opportunities.

5 months ago

Exceptional views! Lots of fun climbing.

5 months ago

Unbelievable sights!!! Anyone can do this trail, it's a tourist spot. But don't let that keep you from checking it out! Come as early as possible as it's a popular destination. I think the park opens at 7:30 a.m. And - bring a camera!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Great views! The trail is nothing really, no one comes for the trail, people come to climb on the rock formations. The freedom to climb at your own risk is what makes this park so much more than a .5 mile trail. You can spend several hours out here wondering around, climbing up and down. Theres stuff for everyone from kids to experienced climbers.
Just remember, people have died here, the danger is real. Dont be dumb about what you do.

hiking
5 months ago

short but nice

5 months ago