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Hiked here for the first time today. It's a pretty neat little trail, I had fun climbing on some of the rocks

yellow loop is now closed permanently which is a 3 mile hike, terrain isn't the best. it is meant to be for horses. red is still open but is a 6 hour hike 9 miles.

Path is well maintained around top loop, and is what you would expect from an easy walk in the woods. When you reach the staircase that takes you down to the ox-lot cave the landscape drastically changes. There are extraordinary rock formations, sheer cliffs, and exciting small caves. You could spend an hour in this area alone exploring all the rock formations. Overall the loop took us 1.5 hours with lots of exploring.

Same as everyone else has stated, the trek down can be rugged and boring, but the ending is worth it.

Very cool hike, learned a thing or two from the signs too.

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27 days ago

A gorgeous short loop that offers a decent challenge and some great views of the sandstone formations.

a lot of down trees. a lot of ticks. other than that nice rugged trail.

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1 month ago

I have hiked this trail multiple times. I have also ran the trail. It is a really good work out and beautiful area.

Short but fun.

cool rock formations

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

An easy walk along a very thin trail. Took my two boys (8 and 12) and walked straight to the arch. We wandered around for a while trying to find a way to actually get on top, but didn’t want to wander through all of the undergrowth.

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2 months ago

Good trail. Good for kids. Best features are on backside of loop. Spend some time and read the names carved into the stone. There is a sign at trailhead warning of falling sandstone. Made us a little weary to explore many of the breakout trails. Overall, very pleased. Note: it was extremely humid at the Park on the day we were there (June 14, 2018). Not sure if this was a unique day, but wow, it was thick. We’re from southwest NC and are very familiar with humidity. This isn’t a knock on the trail or the park, but more of a geographical enlightenment from someone new to the southern Illinois area.

on Mantle Rock Trail

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2 months ago

Awesome place just bring plenty of tick repellent if you hike it in warm weather.

The hike to the creek is a little rough and somewhat boring. The trail would be pretty easy, but it is torn up and extremely muddy from the horses. Wear boots and bring an extra pair of shoes for the ride home unless you want your car to be a complete disaster and smell like horse poop.
The views of the canyon and the water make the trip totally worth it! Be sure to use the app while hiking to make sure you stay on the correct trail!

Fun hike with a 7 year old in tow. Enjoyed the rock formations and ox-lot cave. Very relaxed and educational.

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2 months ago

Nice hike with he kids

It's definitely not 1.7 miles, less than 1 mile - for sure. And HOLY COW is it busy. Highly trafficked and very noisy as a result. The actual trail is nice, beautiful rock formations; but the crowdedness and brevity make it not worth it. Constantly having to speed up or slow down to accommodate huge groups - can't really enjoy the sights.

2 months ago

The red and yellow trail was not as hard as I thought it would be. It does have it's hard spots but for the most part it's flat. It was a nice 6 mile hike.

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2 months ago

This trail is also frequented by horses... so extremely muddy. Nice views.

One of my favorite hiking/refresh places for my soul.

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail, hiked it about 2 weeks ago. A bit challenging to start (we went clockwise), just watch your feet. Middle section is gorgeous. Definitely will do again and also a great place to take guests.

This was too cool. There was plenty to explore here, so many cool rock formations, while you're on the bottom floor you can't help but just stare up in awe. The long staircase through some narrow passages in the natural rock was awesome and if my current physical state would have allowed me to, I would have just kept going up and down that portion.

In the Shawnee National Forest is a rock escarpment known as Rim Rock. This park is just a few minutes drive from Garden of the Gods so plan to do this trail on the same day. The trail goes up over the hill along a paved flagstone trail and then dives down through the rocks where it passes through narrow slot canyons to the canyon below. the center of the trail is just an enjoyable walk in the woods with no scenery. But once you reach the northern part of the loop you'll see the steps leading down to narrow stone passages. Return to the top of the steps to follow a rock outcropping back along the western loop or descend tot he bottom of the passage until you reach the canyon floor where you can continue CW along massive cliffs back to the trailhead.

Grrrr! Rawr! Great place to sleep, throw rocks and stalk deer.

I drove to the Garden of the Gods Wilderness Area to hike. In the hotel that night I saw a commercial for Giant City State Park, which wasn't on my list of hikes, so I looked into it. Giant City State Park is in the middle of nowhere but is a hidden gem. I was very impressed by the quality of this park. All picnic areas were mowed, there were plenty of signs everywhere so you always knew where to go, and the overall condition of the park was excellent so I was glad that I came here. The Nature Trail has plenty of paved parking and an obvious trailhead with an information kiosk. A short walk leads to the loop and arrows direct trekkers in a CCW direction around the loop. For most of the loop the trail is wide and smooth and meanders through various rock canyons formed by large slabs of the cliff calving off making for some fun passages to explore. To me, as an out-of-stater, this would be the type of park that I would enjoy bringing my family to visit. I've written many reviews but this one is the first that I discussed not only the quality of the trail but also the quality of the park itself.

Good little morning hike, very short but worth it to see the rock formations.

3 months ago

Wild flower wonderland, rocks and waterfalls. Great start to the day of four trails total near Giant City park lodge.

Loved this trail, starts out well groomed wide path, leads to impressive rock formations and “far-man” squeeze. Good work out with up hill segments. Took us 40 minutes.

A trail with views. Not particularly difficult until the trek back up that involves many stairs but I was so distracted by the natural rock formations I barely noticed. Takes about an hour.

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