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Giant City State Park

235 Giant City Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3207
+1 618-457-4836
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Not so hidden gem in Southern Illinois

I first went to Giant City State park in the early 80's when i was attending SIU... To this day... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
StrangeTripper
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Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
Weekend getaway

Great place to visit. So much to do even in the surrounding area. Camping, hiking, waterfalls... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Crystal H
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“nature trail” (24 reviews)
“rock formations” (16 reviews)
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235 Giant City Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3207
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

I first went to Giant City State park in the early 80's when i was attending SIU... To this day, it never ceases to amaze me... This not-too-hidden-gem in Southern Illinois is proof that Illinois isn't just flat, boring cornfields.... The Nature Trail ("Giant City...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit. So much to do even in the surrounding area. Camping, hiking, waterfalls, wildlife, climbing on the rocks, exploring. Just a great time all around for both young and old

Thank Crystal H
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This is a beautiful park with a black top road winding through the trees. It is a beautiful drive. There are at least 6 nature trails that you can hike and each is quite different. They vary in distance up to 1 mile. They also...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We took a 3-day weekend for Columbus Day weekend and drive down to southern Illinois. We wanted to do some hiking. Giant City was 1 of 4 on my list. I went with my 10-year old. We started at the Visitor Center, which I highly...More

Thank Mandy E
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Great park! The rock formations are amazing. We hiked three trails. We'll go back to hike more the next time we head to the wineries!

Thank WaterlooDweller
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Not many trails to choose from. The giant city nsture trail was 1 mile. At of up and down rocks. We were told that the 12 mile Red Cedar trail wad too overgrown to hike. Warned about ticks. Would need tick repellent., which we did...More

Thank fancypants2014
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Southern Illinois has some wonderful natural attractions and Giant City State Park is one of them. There are several hiking trails of varied length and difficulty. Beautiful forest, bluffs, and wildlife. The park also has a CCC era lodge with wonderful restaurant and rental cabins....More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

I ordered the delmonico. It was tender enough to cut the steak with a butter knife. The service was very good. Wonderful decor. Loved the whole experience.

Thank Darren O
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The scenery is fantastic, but be aware that the Giant City trail, which my parents and I hiked on the recommendation of the ranger at the visitor center when we inquired about easy trails, actually is a rugged trail. We were thrilled by the scenery,...More

Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Always a nice place to visit and spend the day Walk the trails and just visit. Look for wildlife,flowers, and rocks.

Thank Linda J
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bafankh
24 May 2017|
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Response from desperatelyma | Reviewed this property |
We never RV camped at Giant City State Park. We did camp at Little Grassy Lake Campground, which is about twenty minutes from Giant City. We have a 30ft 5th wheel, and we had no problems finding a spot there. You can see my... More
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Jennifer K
6 July 2016|
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Response from BRMorrow | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure exactly where the campground area is, but the hiking trails were spread pretty fair apart. The welcome center was a couple miles from the trails too.
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funtotravel123
16 August 2015|
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Response from Babu2773 | Reviewed this property |
For bike riding, go on the Tunnel Hill State Trail on old railroad lines. It's safe and beautiful. For bbq, go to the Blue Boar in Cobden. Giant City Lodge has family style meals that are also good, and with teens, a great... More
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