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Pharoah - Garden of the Gods Rec Area Campground

41 Reviews

About This Campground

National Forest

Shawnee National Forest

One of the most photographed locations in the state, Garden of the Gods camping has extraordinary scenic beauty. 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…

Fee Info

Campsite $10 / night 8 people & 2 vehicle max.

Reservation Info

Campground is first come- first served. No reservations. No permit required for entering or camping in Garden of the Gods Wilderness.

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Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike In
    Hike a trail to your campsite

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Available
  • AT&T
    Available
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Dispersed
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin
  • Yurts

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Max Length: 56 ft.

Reviews

41 Reviews of Pharoah - Garden of the Gods Rec Area Campground

Ratings Breakdown

  • 1
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  • 2
  • 10
  • 28
Danielle C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2021

Hiker passing through

This place has been on our bucket list for a few years. We didn't get to camp there, but hiked a couple of the trails. It's definitely worth the visit!

The Garden of the Gods Observation Trail was a short, easy hike with some amazing scenic views.

The wilderness has several other hikes, but we…

  • Observation Trail
  • Indian Point loop
  • Observation Trail
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Month of VisitSeptember
Tiffany S.
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2021

Camping

Loved it. Visit all the time. Plenty of hiking, trails. Places with amazing views

Month of VisitJuly
Steve D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2021

Hidden gem

Great backcountry backpacking. The huge rock formation area is packed but the backpack loop is amazing. Great views.

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Month of VisitAugust

Location

Pharoah - Garden of the Gods Rec Area Campground is located in Illinois

Directions

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. 

Coordinates

37.60441523 N
88.3839584 W

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About This Campground

One of the most photographed locations in the state, Garden of the Gods camping has extraordinary scenic beauty. 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 Wilderness. Interpretive signs explain the geological history. The 1/4-mile trail is made of natural sandstone and takes about an hour to walk. It contains short, steep grades and steps; benches are located along the trail and as a whole the trail is not tiring. Caution should be used due to the high cliffs in the area. See below for details about camping, picnicking and other activities in the Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods brochure/map

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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