Garden Of The Gods

Buffy and I took advantage of a day with spring-like weather to hike at Garden of the Gods. It’s part of the Garden of the Gods Wilderness Area, which is part of Shawnee National Forest and covers 3,300 acres. Apparently it’s the most-visited place in Illinois. Anyone wanting specific information on Garden of the Gods can find plenty online.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

All the stone is sandstone

Tall cliffs are common and can be dangerous

Stone paths make walking easier

Views go for miles across the hills

Does the word “dramatic” come to mind?

Camel rock is the most known formation

Liesegang banding resulted from layers of iron

The view to the left is dramatic too

Talk about harsh growing conditions

Liesegang banding!!

View back across the bridge

Almost back where we started

I knew lots of people came to Garden of the Gods from Kentucky and Indiana. We went during the week, and there weren’t many people there. I checked license plates — 5 from Illinois, 4 from Indiana and 1 from Maryland. Then we passed a car from West Virginia on the way out. During the peak of fall colors, you “couldn’t stir them with a stick” there’s so many visitors.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on May 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Beautiful pictures, Kathy! It is a beautiful place. Liked your last picture of Buffy!

    Reply

  2. Posted by geo on May 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

    great pix kathy. wish then foxes would come and eat some of the grondhogs around here.

    Reply

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