Giant City State Park


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Giant City State Park


Location:Southern Illinois, in the hills of the Shawnee National Forest (see entry in the national forests chapter) near Carbondale.
Facilities:Class A campground with water, electricity, showers, and sanitary facilities for tent or trailer camping, Class A equestrian campground near the park's horse trail, 14 primitive walk-in sites; lodge with 34 cabins, restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, children's pool; picnic areas and shelters, playgrounds; hiking trails, equestrian trails, horse stables, fishing ponds; visitor center with gift shop, natural and cultural exhibits, and discovery corner for children.
Activities:Camping, boating (10 HP limit), canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, rock climbing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:The name "Giant City" is derived from an area in the park where unique impressions have been made by massive sandstone structures. Formed 12,000 years ago, the huge sandstone bluffs have created walls so precise they seem almost manmade, with sections that appear to form streets or alleys for a city of giants.
Address:235 Giant City Rd
Makanda, IL 62958

Phone:618-457-4836
Web: dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R5/GC.HTM
Size: 4,055 acres.

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