Giant City Nature Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Makanda, Illinois 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.
dogs on leash
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.
Amazing rock formations, went while it was snowing, beautiful!
Beautiful rock formations. I highly recommend going off the beaten path and exploring for a few hours.
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.
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.
great hike. well maintained. perfect for kids and adults
Great little hike, easy with some interesting geological features.
Very beautiful trail! Be careful there are big rocks and some are wet! But worth the hike!
A very enjoyable hike.
Been here many times, great place
I have a very active three year old. This was a good trail for him to wear him self out on
A great trail with opportunities to make it the 45 minute hike to over an hour. Clean. Maintenance needed but nothing dangerous.