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Giant City State Park, Makanda

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Giant City State Park is an Illinois state park on 4000acre in Jackson and Union Counties, Illinois, United States. Illinois acquired more than in 1927, and dedicated the park as Giant City State Park. A lodge and visitor center welcome state park guests. The park is served by the River to River Trail.The park's lodge and original six cabins were constructed by the 696th Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1934 to 1935. The CCC used locally quarried sandstone and locally harvested lumber to build the lodge. In 1936, the lodge and cabins were dedicated by Illinois Governor Henry Horner. The CCC later added a dining room and kitchen as well as six additional cabins to the complex. They were also responsible for building the lodge's furniture; the quality of the wooden furniture led Pere Marquette State Park to commission the 696th Company to furnish their lodge as well. In 1985, the lodge and cabins were added to the National Register of Historic Places; the original cabins were demolished and replaced by replica cabins in the same year, and several new cabins were constructed. The new cabins are used to lodge visitors to the park, while the lodge houses a restaurant and gift shop.This state park is a National Natural Landmark. The Giant City Stone Fort Site, a prehistoric stone fort located within the park, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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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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  • Great food! Good service. Lousy hospitality! My husband am I were looking forward to a nice dinner in a lovely, rustic lodge. Well, we almost made it. The food was outstanding. We arrived over an hour before closing. We ordered a nice bottle of wine and dinner. Everything came in a timely manner. We enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere, UNTIL, the staff decided it was closing time. They started vacuuming, stacking chairs, stripping tables, etc... This was 15 minutes before closing time! There was another table still sitting as well. I also had a lovely view of a manager sitting in his office counting money the entire time we were there. So much for enjoying the rest of our wine.
  • Neat state park with several relatively short hiking trails. The stone formations are cool, but we did not feel they would be worth travelling more than an hour out of your way for. We did not stay in them - but the lodge and cabins looked very nice.
  • Beautiful and peaceful.....read up on the history of the area before visiting. Indian Creek Trail and The Giant City Nature Trail have been two of my favorites so far. Take your time and enjoy the quiet. Park opens at 7:00. Best time to go in my opinion.
  • Beautiful state park, that includes a mini conservation center inside the visitor center. There's places for day visits, great for picnics or quick hikes. There's also camping if that's your thing. You can reserve a shelter for $25 a day for events or reunions. It's very well kept and clean. The tower was worth the climb. There is also a lodge, cabins, and a restaurant if you want the feel of the great outdoors without being too far from common comforts.
  • We came to eat at the restaurant on a snowy, cold afternoon. It was cozy, warm inside the restaurant. Food was more than delicious! Hone cooking fried chicken & all the fixin's too! Will be returning very soon.
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