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Garden of the Gods Loop

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Distance: 4.6 miles


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intro: Canyons, sheer sandstone cliffs, and rocky-bottomed streams are sprinkled throughout the rugged, wooded terrain on this moderately difficult 4.6-mile hike through Garden of the Gods Wilderness. It‰Ûªs for good reason that Garden of the Gods draws crowds during the summer. A stone‰Ûªs throw from the parking area, visitors can stand atop strangely shaped rock formations and take in 30-mile views of the surrounding wooded hills. Few visitors, however, explore the high cliffs, rocky canyons, and picturesque little streams of the surrounding area. This 4.6-mile hike will delight off-trail explorers with its numerous rock overhangs and small caves along the base of the sandstone cliffs. To the Trailhead: From Harrisburg, head south on IL 145. Turn left on IL 34, and then turn left on Karbers Ridge Road. Turn left again on Garden of the Gods Road. The entrance to the recreation area is on the left.

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