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.
I absolutely love this place. The trails are beautiful and the campground is tucked away and you don't hear any road traffic or anything.. Great state park, best in Illinois in my opinion
Great place to hike and explore. The trees and rocky outcrops are magnificent in beauty. Love to spend more time here !
Very interesting place. As someone who lives right next to Starved Rock State Park, this was an interesting place to be. I really wish I was able to have gone to the other places on this side of Illinios
Great option for nature lovers in Southern Illinois. A big park with many trails and a great restaurant and cabins hotel.
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.