Giant City Nature Trail

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Giant City Nature Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Makanda, IL that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles 387 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The Giant City Nature Trail is a moderate hiking trail located within the Giant City State Park trail system near Makanda, Il. L, The trail located near the Devils Standtable, an amazing rock formation and is perfect for wildlife viewing, photography, and exploring. As you begin the trail at one of the picnic area parking lots the trail features gravel or flagstone steps originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) companies during the mid-1930's. This is a loop trail that passes by several features of interest to children, including a maze of low walls and crevices that are fun for climbing, along with a couple short tunnels, leading to Fat Man's Squeeze. Native White Oak, Shagbark Hickory, Dogwood and Maple are common along the trail along with abundant seasonal wildflowers. The trail continues on and you walk under a very large balanced rock. As you head downhill, and under a huge sandstone shelf, you can easily visualize how Native Americans used these shelters as protection from the weather.

hiking
1 month ago

The fact that it is so family friendly is why I gave it a 5 star. Absolutely amazing rock features. Don't miss the Middle!!!!! We just happened to take a small trail which headed to the center. It reminded me of the movie Labyrinth in the maze. The rest of the trail is really cool too.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is my family's go to get out of the house for a quick hike trail. It is a good little hike for a family with lots of areas to explore of the main trail. Great for younger kids.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

great hike. well maintained. perfect for kids and adults

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike, easy with some interesting geological features.

6 months ago

Very beautiful trail! Be careful there are big rocks and some are wet! But worth the hike!

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

A very enjoyable hike.

7 months ago

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1 year ago

Been here many times, great place

cross country skiing
1 year ago

I have a very active three year old. This was a good trail for him to wear him self out on

1 year ago

A great trail with opportunities to make it the 45 minute hike to over an hour. Clean. Maintenance needed but nothing dangerous.

geocaching
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

The Giant City Nature Trail is a moderate hiking trail located within the Giant City State Park trail system near Makanda, IL, The trail is very popular and the rock outcroppings are perfect for wildlife viewing, photography, and exploring with children.