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Garden of the Gods
Shawnee National Forest, Observation Trail
Herod, IL 62947
Estimated drive time: 2 hours, 41 minutes. Directions here.

This campground fills up quickly, with good reason. The south-side basic campsites offer a stunning view. Sites are first come first served, so your best bet is to arrive on a weekday and stay through the weekend. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Asif A. Ali.