Enjoying the beautiful fall foliage as we hike the short trail around large sandstone boulders up to the Camel Rock overlook at Garden of the Gods in Southern Illinois.
Garden of the Gods State Park is a popularly visited section of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois, which covers over 3,300 acres of forest throughout Saline, Pope, and Hardin County, Illinois. This area is part of an uplifted sandstone plateau that was never covered by glaciers like most of Illinois. As a result, 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. 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 makes Garden of the Gods is one of the most inspiring views of the Midwest.
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October 18th, 2022
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