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Giant City State Park

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You’d Never Know You’re In Illinois

Awesome State Park. Very cool trails, great cliffs and natural areas. You can bring your own horse... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Naperville, Illinois
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We camped in the Giant City State Park Campground

Very nice hosts, helpful and watched over the campground. Kept clean, very nice shower house. We... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2018
Carla V
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“rock formations”(16 reviews)
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235 Giant City Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3207
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome State Park. Very cool trails, great cliffs and natural areas. You can bring your own horse. Self guided and beautiful. A treasure.

Thank DDS140
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Very nice hosts, helpful and watched over the campground. Kept clean, very nice shower house. We had trees behind us, a good mixture of small to huge RVs and tents. Recommend!

Thank Carla V
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Camped here for the first time over Labor Day weekend and it was great! Bathrooms and showers were clean and well maintained despite of what appeared to be a completely booked park. It was calm and peaceful, everyone seemed very respectful of each other and...More

Thank Compass499033
Reviewed 6 September 2018

Enjoyable horseback ride with experienced leaders. Enjoyed climbing the water tower and the 1 hour Nature trail with our dog. Stopped by the Scratch Brewing Company on the way back to Kinkaid Lake Sportsmans Lodge to go boating on Kinkaid Lake. Very enjoyable day in...More

Thank Daydream794110
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

America has a great tradition for preserving National parks and many of them are famous worldwide but there are many smaller preserved areas ( not designated national parks ) which are hidden gems Giant city state park in Carbondale is one such gem with many...More

Thank duag27
Reviewed 22 August 2018

This is a beautiful place lots of trails. We camped the area and it was a reall nice place to explore

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I had such a good time at Giant City State Park! I was on a road trip with no real set destinations. The tourist magazine at my hotel had some pictures of Giant City State Park, so I decided to try it out. The GPS...More

Thank ChemTeacherTraveller
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

We had such a wonderful afternoon and picnic here. We did 3 trails and enjoyed the visitors center. The visitors center was nice and had restrooms and water fountains. The park is fairly easy to get around. We also climbed the water tower and got...More

Thank erica62948
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Highlight of the Nature Trail hike through Giant City are the "streets". Essentially corridors with sheer rock walls on either side. Trail runs right through some of these. There is also a good one at one end of the wooden boardwalk to explore.

Thank ctc10s
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

We camped here. Beautiful campground with lots of trees. Recently blacktopped roads within the campground along with some of the sites. Nice campground with clean bathrooms/shower houses. Lots of hiking trails & biking within the State Park. The Visitor Center has lots of info and...More

Thank Laura S
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16 October 2018|
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Response from StrangeTripper | Reviewed this property |
no mountain, but many sandstone cliffs along a river valley..... back in the day, like in the 80's, giant city was a rappelling destination, but not sure nowadays..... prolly better to make the relatively short trek to... More
18 July 2018|
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Response from Laura S | Reviewed this property |
Not that we saw. There is an outdoor pool if you stay at the Giant City Lodge.
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4 March 2018|
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Response from Darren O | Reviewed this property |
sorry for the delay. I am not sure. I hope you can find them to your liking.