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Trip Report: Our first Midwest camping trip.

Garden of the Gods, IL. An amazing outdoor adventure for families.
When we moved to the Midwest the first place recommended to us for family outdoor activities was the Garden of the Gods, a.k.a. the Shawnee National Forest. So when I needed a camping trip, we headed out.

What we loved:
  • Beautiful views!
    Garden of the Gods, IL. An amazing outdoor adventure for families.
  • Quite Campgrounds. US Forest Service Campgrounds tend to be less busy than National and State Parks.
  • Lots of hikes. FYI: there are cliffs on the Garden of the Gods Observation Trail. But the views are totally worth it. The Rim Rock Trail Recreation Trail was wonderful as well. Views, wildflowers and lots of butterflies. 
    Garden of the Gods, IL. An amazing outdoor adventure for families.
    Garden of the Gods, IL. An amazing outdoor adventure for families.
  • Swimming area at Pound Hollow Recreation Area/Campground
    Garden of the Gods, IL. An amazing outdoor adventure for families.
    Garden of the Gods, IL. An amazing outdoor adventure for families.
  • Forest Service campgrounds tend to less expensive than National and State Parks. 
    Garden of the Gods, IL. An amazing outdoor adventure for families.
    Watching "cowboy TV". The best kind of TV.
What we could have done without:
  • Vaulted toilets. 
  • My husband missed having showers. 
Here are a few things we wish we would have had time for:
If you happen to be in the area stop by. It is well worth it.

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