USDA Forest Service
Shawnee National Forest
One of the most photographed locations in the state, Garden of the Gods' scenic beauty is extraordinary. In the recreation area you can hike, camp, nature watch or picnic.
The Observation Trail features unique sandstone rock formations and panoramic views of the surrounding Garden of the God…
Campsite $10 / night 8 people & 2 vehicle max.
Campground is first come- first served. No reservations. No permit required for entering or camping in Garden of the Gods Wilderness.
- Drive-InPark next to your site
- Hike-InBackcountry sites.
- Tent Sites
- RV Sites
- Standard (Tent/RV)
- Picnic Table
- Phone Service
- Drinking Water
- Electric Hookups
- Water Hookups
- Big Rig Friendly
Visited in the first half of March, so yes it was cold, and rain one of the nights, which I'm sure contributed a lot to there being only maybe five campsites occupied. Camp area was clean of trash and obstacles. Ground around spots is mostly pine needles and cones, not grass. Lots are close to…
Hammock friendly established campsites, which are rare for IL, also accommodating for tents, campers, and RVs.
Water pump tastes pretty good, no electricity hook up, bathrooms are usually pretty clean and are emptied regularly, decent cell phone signal.
Very busy on Fridays and weekends. Too many…
We loved our stay here. The trails, the clean campsites, the peace, the views, the trees, the seclusion. It is one of, if not our favorite places to camp now. We hadn't even left and were discussing returning.
There is no potable water on site. That would be my only complaint. There is…
Pharoah - Garden of the Gods Rec Area Campground is located in Illinois
From Harrisburg: Take Highway 145 south 5 miles, to Highway 34, then take 34 south for 10 miles. Then turn east onto Karbers Ridge Road 2.5 miles to Forest Road. Turn north. Drive 1.5 miles to the recreation area entrance road. Parking: Observation Trail has two large parking lots. Overnight parking is allowed at Backpacker's Parking Lot in the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area and at Hitching Post Trailhead along Gape Hollow Road on the west side of Garden of the Gods Wilderness. No overnight parking is allowed in picnic area or Observation Trail parking lots.