You can do your family no greater favor than taking them to Illinois’ Garden of the Gods for an outdoor vacation.
In the midst of Shawnee National Forest sits the 3,300 acre Garden of the Gods. This huge recreational area is known for its breathtaking and many varied rock formations. This vast park has your choice of hiking trails. There are two primary trails, the first of which is the Observation Trail. This .25 mile path is probably the most popular because of its hugely educational features along the way, and the fact that it leads to some amazing spots that give great views of the entire Garden of the Gods Wilderness Area. Interconnecting trails include Indian Point, Anvil Rock, Mushroom Rock, and Big H.
The second primary trail is the River-to-River Trail. This scenic trail extends for several miles throughout the park and is for those who want to do more serious hiking. Secondary trails that interconnect with this are the Interpretive Trail, Camel Rock, and Monkey Face.
For those who wish to spend multiple days in the vicinity, there is a camping area just 1.5 miles away from the entrance to Garden of the Gods. Pharaoh Campground is almost as beautiful as the nearby Garden. It is always open throughout the year and has 12 sites complete with picnic tables, fire pits, toilets, and drinking water.
Garden of the Gods provides visitors with breathtaking views and great chance to get out and reconnect with nature in this splendid national park area.