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Giant City State Park

235 Giant City Road, Makanda, Illinois 62958 USA

  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities”

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, just minutes south of Carbondale, the Union / Jackson county park was named for the unique impressions made by its massive sandstone structures. Eons of geological faulting and folding have molded a landscape like none other, which is now clothed in lush garments of fern, moss, large flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and 75-plus varieties of towering trees. The natural splendor of Giant City has made it a renowned retreat that attracts more than 1.2 million visitors annually.

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Greek_nomad

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September 18, 2014
Rated 5.0

If you visit Carbondale then you must go for a walk at the Giant City State Park. There is a great amount of things to do while you are there, so you never get bored.

Take a walk at the paths created and watch the nature welcome you to explore the park. The wooden bridges you come across will surely amaze you. They look as if they were constructed by the place itself and fit to the serene green and sandstone background.

Shelters are everywhere, benches, picnic areas, camping areas and even a lodge where you can stay overnight if you wish. The only thing you have to do is just go there and the place will lead you to the next step you have to follow.

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Giant City State Park

235 Giant City Road
Makanda, Illinois
62958 USA

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am
  • Pull Through
  • Showers

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