Our Historic Lodge

Found In The Heart of SOuthern Ilinois

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the park. Multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber were two of the native building materials used.

Once inside the spacious Lodge, one can see its rustic beauty creates an atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois.

The Lodge's season is the first Friday of February through mid December. Reservations accepted for the following season begin December 1.


Holiday Sundays





learn about our rich history

From are beginnings in the CCC and beyond, learn about how the lodge has evolved over the years. 

Take a tour

Visit our beautiful lodge from the comfort of your own home, take our virtual tour online.

Bald knob dining room

The Bald Knob dining room, with seating for 200, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with an excellent reputation for food and hospitality. You’re sure to enjoy some of the best fried chicken ever if you choose the specialty of the Lodge, our all-you-can-eat Family Style Chicken Dinner.

Private rooms

Giant City Lodge has private rooms perfect for your special event, banquets, and meetings.

the lodge

The Lodge also features a lounge and historic Clem & Arlies bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a quiet getaway. We take great pride in offering great food and support it by offering quality wines, beers, and many select spirits to create your favorite cocktails.

Come Visit Us

Get directions to our historic lodge, beautiful park and delicious family-style meals.

Gift Cards

Give the gift of Southern Illinois hospitality at its best.
Giant City Lodge gift cards are available in any denomination.
Call 618-457-4921 to order today.