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Giant City State Park

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Address: 235 Giant City Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3207
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+1 618-457-4836
08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00

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Great visit! We camped while the in-laws were in the cabins. Great facilities. Adorable lodge. Do not miss the fried chicken! Seriously. Don't.

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Cassie M
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great visit! We camped while the in-laws were in the cabins. Great facilities. Adorable lodge. Do not miss the fried chicken! Seriously. Don't.

Thank Cassie M
Carbondale, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were able to book a private room for this party. They had it set up and available early that morning. I was able to bring flowers and candles in to decorate. They set up the cake table and had it already decorated with a white skirt. Water and tea were available as guests arrived. When it came time for... More 

Thank Pam Z
Carbondale, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The lodge and the park are absolutely gorgeous. I have been coming all my life to this special place. I got married right outside the lodge in 2014 because of the wonderful memories I have here. A must visit!

Thank CChester0808
macomb, il
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141 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at Giant City this past weekend and explored the trails and stayed in a cabin. We loved the cabin. It had everything one would need (if not needing a kitchen). The cabin is clean and spacious. It is not modern, but it is clean, comfortable and quaint. They brought us a roll away, a tv (though we never could... More 

Thank happyfamilyMacomb_Il
Peoria, Illinois
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206 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We unfortunately only had an afternoon to spend here but were able to squeeze in a couple hikes. We did the Nature Trail and the Trillium Trail. The Nature Trail is about a mile long and takes you through the halls of "giants." I would definitely recommend this one if you have never been there before--all the pics you see... More 

Thank SeeJessTravel
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the campground on a Monday night in April, so had our pick of sites. There are 85 with electric, water is available throughout the camp area. We used the showers, which are well arranged with a private dressing area, plenty of hooks and hot water. There's also a dump. There's a wide variety of site lengths, some... More 

Thank Kathy W
Elgin, Illinois
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156 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hiked in Giant City State Park and found it to be a lot of fun. Lots to climb and explore but for those of us a bit less adventurous, we were able to stay on the path and still enjoy ourselves immensely.

Thank Mommaof5kiddos
Brookfield, Illinois
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185 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

What a gem! The hiking trails are many and for all types of hikers...rain or shine. Beautiful area ..spend a couple days and get to know it....closest big town is Carbondale...but the park has a wonderful lodge and the food is excellent!

Thank Susan S
Milledgeville, Georgia
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

We went to Giant City Lodge for lunch/dinner on two different occasions. The lodge itself is beautiful. There is a bison bull and calf (taxidermied) as you walk in. They were donated by Bison Bluff Farms, which is a huge bison farm in the area. The food at Giant City Lodge was wonderful, and our waitress both times was courteous... More 

1 Thank desperatelyma
Kankakee, Illinois
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40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

We love to come to Giant City and hike the trails with the family. It is so well taken care of and just beautiful experience to get outside with the family and our dog.

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