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hiking
6 days ago

Me and my girlfriend are trying to plan a 4 day 3 over night possible trip and I would like to get about 20 to 30 miles with Garden of the Gods included. Does anyone have a good trail to go with?

A nice walk through the woods. I was caught off guard by an incoming cold front and the temp dropped nearly 20 degrees when I was halfway in. I had decided to shed some weight before heading out and not pack my down. That was a huge mistake that I won't make again.

A good one in Shawnee, great rock formation!

Really enjoyed this trail and all the frogs, deer, mushrooms and creek area. Use a stick to for the spider webs when your walking on the upper part of the trail, it's a little webby. We didn't get cell service (tmobile) so the getting there and out was via a paper map and handwritten directions. The drawings are pretty obscured by settler graffiti and wear, but still really awesome. Will for sure go back in the fall/winter. Bonus, we heard a few other people but didn't see anyone else while there.

hiking
17 days ago

This trail is beautiful, even today when it’s bone dry and no falls. The rock overlooks are magnificent and if you go left when you get to the trail, just past the wooden bridge, you can scramble done the rockslide to get to the trails below. The rocks and formations and trees and butterflies!! Loved every moment!

Easy trial. Beautiful year round, but especially if you can go after a rain and see the waterfall.

this is a beautiful fall. very easy to access.

trail running
19 days ago

Loved it!! Saw a turtle!!

mountain biking
20 days ago

What a great easy trail! Don’t expect to get an extreme workout by any means but if you like to recreational ride and enjoy the view with virtually no roads to ever cross, it is spectacular! The trail runs slightly downhill when riding north to south. Obviously, vice versa. Start as you wish, you do not need a map. There are no forks. It is impossible to get lost. Just enjoy the scenery and relax.

mountain biking
20 days ago

If you were hiking this trail, it is nice except for the relentless bugs. This trail is completely unmaintained so expect very tall weeds, lots of sun exposure, lots of bugs. If you go in the winter however, the views are spectacular. It can be very muddy from time to time and this is primarily a horse trail so it will be very rough. I honestly would not mountain bike on it as there are many more fun trails to be had in the area.

Beautiful rock formations. Want to return in the spring when the water fall is running

mountain biking
28 days ago

We've biked from tunnel hill to Vienna park and back a few times.

Defintely do this one, you can also hike over to Pounds Hollow from this trail.

hiking
28 days ago

When we did this, it was tough to stay on trail in spots. If we do it again, it will be in late fall or winter. I was picking ticks off constantly.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is terrible. It isn’t maintained at all. There are spider webs you walk into every couple of feet. No water stops along the way. Poison ivy all over. I’d hop over the state line and hike in Missouri.

another stunning park!. Shawnee national forest ceases to amaze me.

had a blast it was a must see on my River to River thru hike. glad I did

Definitely making another trip back!!! We could spend all day here and still not see everything!! We loved it! Nice trails and beautiful rock formations! We will definitely go back soon!

We hiked down the the falls in the shorter loop next to the road. Beautiful scenery, falls weren't too impressive, more of a trickle in early June despite the rain a few days earlier, but we expected that. The trails are not well marked, you need to either know the area or bring a GPS! We used this app (AllTrails) and were exceptionally glad we did or we would have gone in the wrong direction more than once. There is a faster way to get down to the falls than going all the way around to Helispot, and we took this way back up to our car. I suggest if you want to get to the bottom quickly, you do the following: (1) drive past the parking area/trailhead and park on the side of the road about half a mile down, coordinates 37.505523, -88.681285 (caution, road is pretty bumpy but can be managed) (2) hike down from the road approx 100ft to the trail and go left, (3) pass over a wooden bridge, (4) at GPS coordinates 37.504375, -88.681905 clamber down the boulder trail to the bottom of the bluff (there is a red emergency/first-aid staion @ the bottom). It may look impossible at first glance which is how we missed it, but it is not hard if you are physically able and saves you from having to walk over a mile further. (4) go northwest about a quarter mile, stay right along the bottom of the bluffs until you get to the falls. We learned of this way from a very kind older gentleman who was camping overnight @ the bottom of the falls.

it's sad that they had to reroute the trail but still a great local hiking trail. great overlooks of the river, some loose rocks but overall and easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Not as difficult as the description says it is, my wife and 3 kids did it in a bit over 2 hours and my youngest 2 are 4 yrs old. anybody can do it just put your mind to it and enjoy the hike.

There's a very good chance that the creek won't be running, as it only flows after a period of prolonged rain. However, I walk the trail on a pretty regular basis, and find it to be a pretty charming walk through a really beautiful forest regardless. One definite perk is that throughout the hike you can see cliffs rising through the trees on either side of the trail; these cliffs become more prominent as the gorge narrows. When the water is flowing, there is a really unique waterfall that tumbles into a deep cleft in the cliff to the right of the trail.

Did this one with my niece. Way way too many spider webs

Path is well maintained around top loop, and is what you would expect from an easy walk in the woods. When you reach the staircase that takes you down to the ox-lot cave the landscape drastically changes. There are extraordinary rock formations, sheer cliffs, and exciting small caves. You could spend an hour in this area alone exploring all the rock formations. Overall the loop took us 1.5 hours with lots of exploring.

Very cool hike, learned a thing or two from the signs too.

The trail was very easy with a moderately trafficked gravel pathway. We went in the afternoon as that morning there was heavy rainfall. We noted that the creek leading up to the waterfall was dried up and once at the waterfall found that it was dried up as well. There is a split path that allows you to climb to the top of the waterfall to explore the rocky area. There were fellow hikers at the waterfall when we arrived and we were informed that the waterfall only runs in the spring time despite recent rains. We did bring both of our Siberian huskies and found it was easy to navigate.

mountain biking
1 month ago

A well maintained trail....a good cardio workout because of the length out and back on a mountain bike. No technical riding, though, just straight pedaling. Nice facilities along the way.

not sure why this is listed as hard. My 4 and 6 year old love this trail. good scenic lookouts. nice trail for dogs. watch out for snakes occasionally, did run across a rattle snake last year. one of my favorite quick trails in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail would’ve been fantastic if there wasn’t a spider web every 5 feet we had to go through!!

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