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With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Carbondale is sure to delight visitors of all ages. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rappelling, its an outdoor lovers paradise. Visitors will marvel at the many wilderness trails, and a sure treat awaits anyone hiking the Giant City Nature Trail, home of the Giant City Streets formed 12,000 years ago by huge bluffs of sandstone. Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, just minutes south of Carbondale, the area was named for the unique impressions made by its massive sandstone structures. Eons of geological faulting and folding have molded a landscape like none other, which is now clothed in lush garments of fern, moss, large flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and 75-plus varieties of towering trees. The natural splendor of Giant City has made it a renowned retreat that attracts more than 1.2 million visitors annually.

21 days ago

great cliff to picnic on

walking
1 month ago

The scenery is not great probably because of the season - there are barely trees with leaves on. The trail is not hard. It took us 40-50 minutes to finish it. There wasn’t much to see except for some frozen waterfalls. I think it’d be better to go when it gets warmer.

Short but cool for a nature walk. Saw some rock climbers, mushrooms, lots of debris from old rotted trees and some ferns . A lot of cool formations in the rocks. I like to go on top of the devil's standtable though.

hiking
2 months ago

Using this as a neutral rating as the trail was closed on 12/2/2017. Hopefully it will re-open soon. Was looking forward to a nice day hike.

This is a great trail for beginners. For the most part it was well marked. It was perfect for a fall hike. I think it would be more difficult in the spring/summer.

This trail was well marked with red circles and hiking in the fall is the perfect time! I would totally recommend this as a great two day hike for anyone that enjoys different scenery every step you go. It was a hiking challenge but nothing dangerous and safe for children which is what I wanted.

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice trail to hike, especially for a beginner backpacker. Not too much of a distance and the campsite is almost in the middle. There is a decent amount of elevation climb. I did this hike twice and I personally prefer going counter clockwise. Campground has picnic tables and firepits. Camping with a hammock can be difficult, but is doable.

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice trail hiked to the campsite in the rain which made the rocks a little slick but over all trail was pretty easy to follow. Could use a bit of maintenance cutting some of the blow down off the trail but still not so bad. Was marked very well except maybe two spots but if you go farther than 50yards without seeing a trail marker you most likely are off trail.

Nice trail

hiking
4 months ago

Rocky 2%+ average incline

Fun trail!

Trail isn't clear about where you are and aren't supposed to go. We realized after a moment that we needed to go behind the large sign. However we then followed the trail behind that sign, which as it turns out, is the wrong way to go.

Still really beautiful, and the stuff we saw by going the wrong way was actually pretty cool too.

5 months ago

Beautiful views. Caves and nice rock formations.

fun hike.

hiking
5 months ago

short hike with great view

hiking
5 months ago

A small jaunt through the woods with great optional cave/tunnel walks. Good for dogs and small children. Short but very pretty in the grand park.

hiking
5 months ago

I completed the full hike on 8/20/17. This trail is through spider country. Find a 12ft stick to tunnel your way through spider webs that cross the path every 6 steps. I would also recommend tick repellent. I walked though a nest and had hundreds of baby ticks covering my pants. Outside of battling insects, the hike was fairly easy to complete.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail was over grown with weeds and the path started to disappear. We ended up having to turn around less then a mile into it.

My 2 & 3 year olds loved this hike.

6 months ago

Didn't go too far in. Just far enough to setup the Hammocks for the night. But, the trail is kinda over grown once you get further in. And it could use a few more well placed markers. We did see a park ranger walking in on Saturday morning with a weedeater when we were headed out. So they are working on it. Spiders were bad as with any lightly used trail, but I found zero ticks on me. I did spray down with repel first tho. I would go back again in the fall, or early spring. It would be a nice trail.

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