hiking

kid friendly

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.

It's only 1 mile

I did this trail with my son last summer. We both thought the Stonewall was interesting, but I thought the best part was hiking along side the edge of the Bluffs. It's great and has a lot to offer for such a short hike!

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28 days ago

A short hike along the base of a bluff and then around the top.

Unique mushroom rock, not overly large, but nice for the area. short trail

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29 days ago

Interesting history. Short hike, do it to see the wall.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Simple walk through the woods with some nice rock formations. Expected more depth to it.

Crowded but beautiful

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.

3 months ago

Beautiful, but we got lost a million times. Not a super "easy" trail. We went in the dead of summer (training for fall trail race) so of course things were very overgrown, and it was in the 90's :) Be prepared with water, food, and a cell phone! Check for ticks.