Giant City State Park - Makanda, IL - Illinois State Parks

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Welcome to Giant City State Park
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 hiking trails. Especially popular is the Giant City Nature Trail, home of the "Giant City Streets" - huge bluffs of sandstone formed 12,000 years ago. The Giant City Visitor Center provides interpretive displays on the geology, plants, animals and history of the park, and regional tourism information. The rustic beauty of the Giant City Lodge is the perfect fit for the natural splendor of the park, with three types of cabins, and the Bald Knob dining room, the lodge also features a gift shop, lounge, and outdoor swimming pool. Giant City is also popular for a camping retreat, with 85 Class A campsites that can be reserved online at ReserveAmerica, a Class C camping area with 14 walk-in campsites, and a youth group camping area.

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Within Facility
Archery Range
85 Class A Campsites
Dump Station
14 Walk In Sites
Equestrian Trails
Hiking Trails
Metal Detecting
Rock Climbing
Shelter Reservations
Cabin Rentals
Gift Shop/Souvenirs

Nearby Activities

Visitors can enjoy picturesque natural wonders along Giant City's hiking trails, and rock climbing/rappelling are permitted in two locations.  Rock Climbing Information Horseback riding enthusiasts will find an equestrian campground and a 12-mile loop trail, and visitors without horses can stop by Giant City Stables. Ponds are located throughout the park for bank fishing.
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