Giant City Park Children's Playset
Giant City Park Outdoor Pavilion
Picnic Areas & Shelters

Picnic areas with tables and grills are scattered throughout the park.
These areas are first come, first served.
Shelters provide:
Covered picnic tables
Playground (Except 1)
Pit toilets
Charcoal grills
Some provide electricity and/or water.

Shelters 2, 3, and 4 are reservable during weekends and holidays.
Season is April to October with at least a two-week notice and by calling 618-457-4836.
Reservations are taken in January by mail and in person starting in February.
There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee to reserve a shelter. All other shelters are first come, first served.
Hiking Trails

8 hiking trails exist throughout the park varying in length.
These trails are open from dawn until dusk year round.
The Indian Creek Shelter Nature Trail and Red Cedar Hiking Trail are closed during shotgun deer seasons.
Steep cliffs, slippery rocks, poison ivy, and poisonous snakes may exist on trails.
Bicycles are not allowed on any park trails.
Detailed trail guides and maps can be obtained from the Visitor’s Center, or by clicking here.

Post Oak Nature Trail
1/3 -mile wheelchair and stroller accessible paved trail with beautiful bluff top overlooks.

Arrowwood Tree Identification Trail
1/3 -mile easy tree identification trail through young forest.

Devil’s Standtable Nature Trail
1/3 -mile moderate trail along high sandstone bluffs through old oaks & hickories.

Indian Creek Shelter Nature Trail
3/4 -mile moderate trail through bottomland forest with creek crossings.

Giant City Nature Trail
1 -mile rugged trail around sandstone bluffs and through the historic “streets”.

Stonefort Nature Trail
1/3 -mile rugged trail uphill to Native American rock wall, includes nice overlooks.

Trillium Trail
2 -mile rugged trail through Fern Rocks Nature Preserve along and above high sandstone cliffs.

Red Cedar Backpacking Trail
12 -mile rugged trail through forests, over creeks, and around cliffs.


Rock Climbing & Rappelling

Permitted in two specific areas of the park.

These areas are Devil’s Standtable bluff (approx. 100 feet high).

Park does not provide equipment or training.
These activities are conducted at your own risk.


Hunting & Fishing

Hunting is allowed only in areas posted “Open to Hunting”.

Maps and specific regulations are available at the Visitor’s Center. All state rules and regulations apply.
Fishing is allowed from the bank of all park ponds with an Illinois fishing license.


Giant City Park Stable
Giant City Stables

Located in beautiful Giant City State Park, Makanda, Illinois, 618-529-4110.
Open March 15–November 1, 9 AM–5 PM Wednesday–Monday.
Reservations recommended. More information can be found here.


Guided trail rides
Pony rides
Lessons
Birthday parties
Scouting badges
Summer horse camps
Spring & fall school program


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