Giant City State Park

235 Giant City Road, Makanda IL 62958 | 618.457.4836
Southernmost Illinois

Giant City State Park boasts breathtaking natural beauty, history, and nearly unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Head to the visitor center to gain insights into Native American's use of the park's rock shelters and high bluffs. Ascend the stairs to the park's water tower viewing platform to experience one of the best sunsets in Illinois. The park offers 85 class A campsites, a separate class A equestrian campground, 14 class C campsites, and a group campsite. Cabins are also available to rent, they sleep up to 4 and have a full bathroom. Stop by the Giant City Lodge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, for a meal or to relax in the massive sandstone and timber construction. Bank fishing is available in ponds and streams throughout the park, with anglers finding predominantly largemouth bass, redear sunfish, and bluegill. Equestrians can bring their own horse and access the 12 mile equestrian trail form the equestrian campground or take a guided ride from the Giant City Stables. Some controlled hunting is allowed in the park for deer, rabbit, turkey, and more. Rock climbing is allowed in two locations in the park. A highlight at Giant City are the nearly 17 miles of hiking trails that offer spectacular views and numerous opportunities for nature watching and wildlife viewing. On the park’s namesake nature trail, hike the “Giant City Streets,” consisting of massive blocks of sandstone that formed 12,000 years ago.

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