Garden of the Gods Trail

Saline County, Illinois

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Garden of the Gods Trail is a hiking trail in Saline County, Illinois. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 820 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 9 feet. The trail ends near the Garden of the Gods viewpoint.
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Garden of the Gods Trail is a hiking trail in Saline County, Illinois. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 820 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 9 feet. The trail ends near the Garden of the Gods viewpoint.
Activity Type: Hiking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Saline County
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trailhead Elevation: 820 feet
Top Elevation: 825 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Garden of the Gods Trail
Elevation Min/Max: 812/825 ft
Elevation Start/End: 820/812 ft

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."

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May 2018