Sunday, March 1, 2015

Giant City State Park - Shawnee National Forest

Sandstone bluff

Giant City State Park is situated in Makanda, IL just South of Carbondale, IL off Route 51. Its name comes from the giant sandstone bluffs and hoodoos created by erosion and geographic fautling in the area eons ago. 

The park offers something for everyone! Plenty of camping including modern sites, primitive, and back country. Giant City also has Equestrian Trails and designated areas for rock climbing and rappelling. 

Bridge along Indian Creek Shelter Trail
Indian Creek Shelter
Informative sign at Indian Creek Shelter 
 Hiking and backpacking trails here are numerous! Eight different trails in varying length and difficulty ensure an adventure for even the novice hiker. The Post Oak Trail is a short, 1/3 mile trail that is paved, wheelchair and stroller accessible. Other trails range from 1/3 mile to 12 miles on the backpacking trail. One of the most famous if the Giant City Nature Trail that takes you around  the bluff and through giant sandstone rocks, known as the "streets" for the path that runs through them. 

Opening in bluff 
Devil's Chimney
 Stables are on site and guided tours on horseback can be taken. There is also a lodge and cabins for more conviences, restaurant which boasts the best fried chicken around, a bar and lounge. A gift shop, audio-video room and discovery corner for kids are also located within the park. Events are held year round, weather permitting, and again there's something for everyone! 

Small creek with Sandstone base

Small creek, slippery Sandstone when wet

Will you take a walk among the giants of Giant City State Park? 

Happy Hiking! 

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