Garden Of The Gods Trails Horseback Riding

The MOST popular equestrian trail in Illinois.

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Southeast of Harrisburg near Murphysboro, there are several nice horseback riding 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 horseback riding 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). There is a corral at the very end of the road.

Overall, Garden Of The Gods Trails is the 1st most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in Illinois. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Garden Of The Gods Trails including One Horse Gap Trail System, Beaver Horse Trail, River-To-River Trail - East, Kinkaid Lake Trail, Cedar Lake Trail System and Johnson Creek Recreation Area.

Best Garden Of The Gods Trails Horseback Riding Review | Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

Garden Of The Gods in Shawnee NF (IL/US)

Best Garden Of The Gods Trails Horseback Riding Review | Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

Garden Of The Gods in Shawnee NF (IL/US)

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Local Contact(s):  Shawnee National Forest (618) 687-1731; Illinois Tourism (800) 223-0121.

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Bear Branch Horse Camp (618) 672-4249

Luxury Loding:  Giant City Lodge (618) 457-4921

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee/

Article Source:   Best Garden Of The Gods Trails Horseback Riding Review https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HORSE&id=14850

GPS:  37.60813, -88.385

Date Published:  5/17/2016

Date Updated:  4/2/2018

ID:  14850

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