National Forest Foundation

Unforgettable Experiences: Garden of the Gods Recreation Area

The National Forest System, Adventures


National Forest: Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

Nearest major town or city: Harrisburg, Illinois

In Southern Illinois, visitors the Shawnee National Forest can explore an area unlike any other. The Garden of the Gods Recreation Area features rock formations and cliffs made out of sandstone over millions of years. Today, the unique structures are embedded within a lush forest and scenic landscape. The quarter-mile observation trail provides access to unique locations and scenic views of the surrounding Garden of the Gods Wilderness. Stay overnight at the Pharaoh Campground or just stop by for lunch with a view at the Pharaoh Picnic Ground.

Learn more and plan your visit:

Related Posts

Unforgettable Experiences: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

If you find yourself in Oregon looking for sand, the ocean, and forests all in one place, look no further than the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Nestled between the Umpqua River and Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Dunes are one of the world’s largest expanses of temperate coastal sand dunes.

Read more

Share this post on social media


Give back to our National Forests

Support our National Forests and Grasslands for generations to come with a gift today.

Donate Now