Giant City State Park
With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Carbondale is sure to delight visitors of all ages. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rappelling, it's an outdoor lover's paradise. Visitors will marvel at the many wilderness trails. Especially popular is a hike on Giant City Nature Trail, home of the "Giant City Streets" - huge bluffs of sandstone formed 12,000 years ago.
Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park was named for the unique impressions made by its massive sandstone structures and a landscape like none other, clothed in lush garments of fern, moss, large flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and more than 75 varieties of towering trees.
The Giant City Visitor Center provides interpretive displays on the geology, plants, animals and history of the park, and information about other southern Illinois attractions.
The Giant City Lodge has been run for years by the Kelly family. They offer cabins rentals and a first class restaurant. The all you can eat chicken dinner is the best you'll find anywhere.
This is a great park. I love the many trails they have at this park. This park has trails that are safe for small children to walk, and also has trails that would be a little risky for a small child. It also has playgrounds, lots of picnic tables, and grills to have a BBQ.
Beautiful hiking trails, and outdoor fun. There is a lodge restaurant locally known for its all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner. Several event pavilions to have a cook-out. Guest cottages you can rent for a stay in the area. Horseback riding, hiking, bicycling are the most prevalent activities at the park.
Awesome visit. Stayed at a Prarie Cabin. Very nice, simple. Ran the rocky ledges trail run.
Campgrounds were nice but many sites were very close to one another so, if you are a tent camper who needs electric for any reason, you won't have much space at all. Bath house was fairly clean but needs a little upgrade with hand soap dispensers and hand dryers. Lots of hiking trails with excellent bluffs and rock formations. The meals at the lodge were very good. Famous for their fried chicken which was excellent. Gorgeous lodge also.