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Giant City State Park, Makanda

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
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  • The hiking is fantastic, the grounds are well kept, and the dinner served in the lodge is AWESOME! If you are in the area on Friday or Saturday night, this is a place you should go! 
  • This is a nice quiet place to camp. There are many sites to choose from and most can be reserved in advance for a small fee. The bathroom /shower house is clean and I didn't run out of hot water. The ...  read more »
  • This park is beautiful! Very large and there seemed to be several spots with cabins for those who wanted to stay. Saw wildlife throughout the park so use caution when driving. The people at the visito...  read more »
  • I grew up roaming these trails as a kid and exploring off the beaten path. This is an amazing place for family outings,cooking,softball and the lodge has some of the best All you can eat catfish or fried chicken family style deals in the area. It's an experience anyone would be foolish not to enjoy. From the Adventurer to the less experienced hiker this park has something for everyone!!
  • Simple, cheap cabins with a fantastic old-school park. We stayed during spring break in the duplex cabins and had pretty much the whole park to ourselves. Lots of small hikes good for children, but the hiking maps provided lack detail. Diverse terrain - forest, creeks, ponds, rock cliffs makes it stand out from other parts of Illinois. Several fine modern playgrounds with built-in grills. The old lodge is a throwback to huge government work programs of the 1930s and is built to last forever. The food is a little over-hyped, but is definitely regionally appropriate- chicken and dumplings! Notice that in the check in office are photographs of local and national politicians - Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Bush 1, Bush 2. But no Obama. Huh? If any president should be there, shouldn't it be the current president who represented the state of Illinois? Thus the 4 stars.
  • Go and hike. Reconnect with nature. This was the first place I explored when I moved to Carbondale, and it just makes you feel at ease. There is so much to see, from its natural beauty to the historic sites. There's a stone fort, CCC buildings, bluffs, creeks and wildflowers. Great place for Fall/Spring hikes.
  • A great State park. very scenic and good accessible trails, pick-nic areas and pavilions. I especially like the main trail it is very nice and scenic . Easy wide trail. Has a great lodge with good food, Sunday all you can eat fried chicken special, family-style with lots of sides, mashed potatoes & gravy green beans, corn , slaw, chicken and dumplings biscuits etc. yes!
  • Used to go there frequently when I went to SIU. Walking up the the water tower gives an awesome view of the area. They have a really nice set of trails that go throughout the park. Seeing the park in fall was one of my favorite things. You get a great view of the rock ledges and the colors are great.
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