Garden of the Gods Wilderness
Once covered by one enormous inland sea, stretching across Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, rivers poured sediment and sand into the place that is now called Garden of the Gods. The weight of water and new layers of sediment and sand turned the lower layers into rock. When later a significant uplift brought the area above sea level about 320 million years ago, the rock became exposed to the elements for the first time. Rain, wind, and snow have been forming and changing the "garden" ever since.
Backstory and Context
The most popular trail is the Observation Trail, which includes signs marking the geological history of sites along the way. Visitors will have the opportunity of exploring rock bluffs with 100-feet drops. However, visitors are warned to be cautious during rain. The smooth rock surfaces may not be safe for climbing when wet.