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Giant City State Park, Makanda

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  • 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'...  more »
  • 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  more »
  • 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 distan...  more »
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  • We came hear to eat at the lodge but the park is really a great park as well. The lodge was fantastic and so was the park, lots of trails and beautiful scenery even when the leaves are off the trees. We were able to climb the water tower and that gave us some fantastic views of the country side. You can get some great panorama shots from the tower.
  • I have heard Giant City mentioned very often for awhile now and decided to make a trip down. It was early November and the leaves were perfect. All of the trails were pretty simple and our dog had a blast. There are quite a few trials to choose from but the ones we did were all under 3 miles, and the smallest being 0.3miles. Go early and hike a couple good trails!
  • Giant City is an awesome state park. Great hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife. Check out the visitor's center for info and trail maps. After hiking, go to the Giant City Lodge. They have great food. The fried chicken dinner is the best. Will definitely be making this a go-to destination more often.
  • The park is beautiful. We hiked all the trails and enjoyed the unique experience each one provided. We stayed in the bluff cabin because it offered a fireplace. This was a huge waste of money the fireplace is only lightbulbs and NO heat at all. Disappointing but the room was spacious and clean. The lodge offered food food at affordable prices. We highly recommend this for hikers of any level.
  • Wonderful place to go for walking or just a drive, the lodge is beautiful and there Sunday chicken dinner is great. They have cabins also that look very nice.

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