Garden of the Gods Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A magnificent series of ridges and hollows (or “hollers,” as Southerners call them) will give your legs a first-rate workout. This ride takes you through dense woodland, along wild and winding roads, and over some of the biggest hills in Illinois. The huge hills let up on the northeastern section of the route. Toward the end of the ride, consider flopping your tired body into a scenic little lake nestled in the bottom of a beautiful holler.It’s for good reason that Garden of the Gods serves as one of the main tourist draws in southern Illinois. At the edge of the parking area, visitors can stand atop strangely shaped rock formations and take in 30-mile views of distant rolling hills. Some of the rock formations look like enormous dollops of wet sand dropped from above; others resemble forests of giant mushrooms. Garden of the Gods also claims a top-notch system of hiking trails that allows you to explore rocky canyons, sandstone cliffs, and remote wooded bluffs."
--Ted Villaire, Road Biking Illinois (Falcon Guides).
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