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Giant City State Park

235 Giant City Rd

With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Carbondale is sure to delight visitors of all ages. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rappelling, it's an outdoor lover's paradise. Visitors will marvel at the many wilderness trails. Especially popular is a hike on Giant City Nature Trail, home of the "Giant City Streets" - huge bluffs of sandstone formed 12,000 years ago.

Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park was named for the unique impressions made by its massive sandstone structures and a landscape like none other, clothed in lush garments of fern, moss, large flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and more than 75 varieties of towering trees.

The Giant City Visitor Center provides interpretive displays on the geology, plants, animals and history of the park, and information about other southern Illinois attractions.


Mandi shaw

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Fantastic when visiting in all seasons. If you haven't filed before this is a great place to Begin. Always follow safety too and read information at visitors area center when coming first time. The staff are amazing and its a neato stop. As an avid outdoors enuthisiast I recommend wearing proper footwear no flip flops or sandals!! The bluffs and rock formations are stunning make your exploring fun and safe in well made sneakers w ample traction or good hiking boots safety and comfort are a must when exploring. The trails are well marked and parking is great too.

Frenk Melk

Sunday, June 17, 2018
It's always a pleasure to be able to take in some natural beauty. Especially when there's lots of natural history that is involved and goes hand-in-hand with that particular spot. Giant City State Park defies all expectations you might have of what it's going to be. It truly is a little Grand Canyon that just sneaks up on you and boom there it is!

Elizabeth Zinchuk

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Giant City Park doesn't look like it should belong in Illinois but I'm so thankful it does. The trails here are amazing, especially during the fall, and are hardly ever crowded. They sometimes even offer a bit of elevation or history. Hiking ranges from rugged to flat, but most trails don't exceed a mile with a couple exceptions. I have hiked, rock climbed, rode a horse, and pinicked in this park. There are rental cabins available and a beautifully rustic lodge that houses a small store and all-you-can-eat dining. Makanda is an artsy, small town that sits right outside of this park. They also offer a quick bite, ice cream, or some hot coffee as well as quaint shops.

James Franke

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Great hikes, fantastic rangers. It is a geological oddity in Illinois, and a beautiful almost otherworldly place to see. Also just a bit down the road from Garden of the God's SP. Check out Makanda, the little town (like four shops and a railroad crossing) just outside the park. It is like a funky cool flower child preserve with a knick knack shop, ice cream, coffee, and what looked like the most laid back chill bar patio in the U.S.

M M Fischer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the park but it is still beautiful despite the recents state budget cuts. Places like these need to be maintained for future generations to enjoy. This park is a piece of history!

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