Hiking The Garden Of The Gods
The 3rd most popular hiking trail in Illinois.
Friday 22 July 2016 03:23 GMT
Southeast of Harrisburg near Murphysboro in the Shawnee National Forest, there are several hiking trails through the Garden Of The Gods, a 3,300 acre wilderness area with old-growth forest. The 5.5 mile Garden Of The Gods Trail is especially nice.
To reach the trailhead from US57 in Marion, use Exit #54. Head east on SR13 for 22.3 miles into Harrisburg. Turn right heading south on SR45 for 0.8 miles. Turn left heading south on SR34 for 14.7 miles. Turn left heading east on Karbers Ridge Road for 2.7 miles. Turn left heading north on State Forest Road 250E (sign broken) for 1.2 miles. Turn left heading west on Garden Of The Gods Road (unsigned) for 0.6 miles. The hiker trailhead parking area is on the left.
Overall, Garden Of The Gods is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 17 hikes in Illinois. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Garden Of The Gods including Kinkaid Lake Trail, Cedar Lake Trails, River-To-River Trail - East, Beaver Trail, Johnson Creek and River-To-River Trail - West.