An autumn view of Camel Rock, which is the most famous sandstone rock formation, at Garden of the Gods in Southern Illinois. As part of Shawnee National Forest, Garden of the Gods covers over 3,300 acres of forest through Saline, Pope, and Hardin Counties in the southern tip of the state.
This area is part of an uplifted sandstone plateau that was never covered by glaciers, unlike most of Illinois. Those glaciers stopped just north of here, so the southern tip of the state has beautiful rolling hills, unlike the flatness of the rest of the state.
Over millions of years, the wind and the rain have sculpted some of the most stunning and extraordinary rock formations known to man here. As a result, several hoodoos have evocative names, like Anvil Rock, Camel Rock, Mushroom Rock, Devil's Smoke Stack, and Table Rock. These massive pillars of sandstone and scenic bluff overlooks make Garden of the Gods one of the Midwest's most inspiring views.
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October 17th, 2022
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