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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Exceptional views! Lots of fun climbing.
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!!!
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.
short but nice
Every turn an amazing view.
I love this spot. Easy walk with amazing views.
Beautiful views if you stay on the trails, and even more if you go off the trails. Just one of many great trails in Shawnee National Forest.
Loved climbing the rock formations. The view was amazing !