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Giant City State Park, Makanda
(4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Giant City State Park is located in Makanda. Take a look at our Makanda travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Giant City State Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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TripAdvisor
  • A beautiful State Park in the northern end of the Shawnee National Forest area where sandstone cliffs abound. A wonderful place to hike and picnic. Make sure you eat at the Lodge. 
  • Stunning trails & rock formations, amongst class is Civilian Conservation Corps constructed buildings & facilities. 
  • I'd read about this park online and had to see it for myself. It was a warm, humid Oct. day when I took the loop mile trail thru "giant city" and it was well worth it. Is an uneven trail and had some ...  more »
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  • Campgrounds were nice but many sites were very close to one another so, if you are a tent camper who needs electric for any reason, you won't have much space at all. Bath house was fairly clean but needs a little upgrade with hand soap dispensers and hand dryers. Lots of hiking trails with excellent bluffs and rock formations. The meals at the lodge were very good. Famous for their fried chicken which was excellent. Gorgeous lodge also.
  • Visited the park for rock climbing. Upon stopping in the visitor center was greeted by the lady working. She was very friendly and informative, let us know where we were allowed to climb. Also suggested walking around the Giant City trail which was super cool. The blocks of rock towered above us and made natural hallways. Also checked out a cool on-site water tower. If you plan to visit, be mindful that while the park closes around 10.. they ask you to be off the trails at sunset.
  • Great place for hiking and picnics. They have a lot of shelters for rent as well. The restaurant is very good as well. I believe they are closed during winter though.
  • Nice park. Lots of hiking and picnic areas. The visitor center is nice with lots of stuff for the kids to look at. The lodge is also really nice. They have cabins for rent that have AC, I thought that was cool.
  • Ate supper in the Lodge Restaurant. Had Family style all-you-can-eat meal. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, dumplings, rolls with butter and spoke butter. Great meal and great service.