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.

See other parks in Illinois.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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* Hike with a Homeless Dog: 10 a.m.-Noon, Giant City State Park. Giant City is partnering with Wright-Way Rescue to get our four-legged and two-legged friends out for a hike together!
* That same day, at 10 a.m., you can hike at Giant City State Park with a homeless dog at Devil's Standtable Trail.
* Mabon ritual, 3 p.m., Giant City State Park shelter 2, Makanda.
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, be at Giant City State Park at 1 p.m.
* Be at Giant City State Park visitor center at 6:30 a.m.
for a Sun Up Hike at Giant City State Park on Friday, July 19 and Friday, July 26.
Learn about the Fabulous Ferns of Giant City State Park at 5 p.m.
on Saturday, May 11, will be Story Time in the Park at Giant City State Park for children ages 3-8.
* At Giant City State Park near Makanda a few miles south of Carbondale, the nature trail goes through the "streets of giants." These amazing formations are incredibly straight-lined, as though they had been cut to accommodate giant people passing by.
Back when I lived in southern Illinois, the area was famous for apple orchards, fried chicken dinners at Giant City State Park and the Big Muddy Monster, among other attractions.
Visitors to the lodge, in the heart of Giant City State Park in the Shawnee National Forest, are transported back in time by the rustic beauty of the architecture.