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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.

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2 days ago

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7 days 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.

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11 days ago

My 2 & 3 year olds loved this hike.

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.

Awesome trail and the rock formations are pretty neat. A must see if coming to giant city. It can be heavily traveled on nice weekends though. So best bet is to hit the trail early.

We turned around and left. Overgrown and spider infested!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This is a good, well maintained, and wide gravel trail. You hike along and through large rock formations most of the time. There is a good amount of vertical change, so it might be challenging for someone that isn't in decent shape. A very good trail for beginners that want more of a park trail, but still want to see some really cool rock formations. Afterwards we ate at the Lodge at Giant City and everything was great. It's nice that areas like this exist in Illinois.

Liked the rock formations. Would like to do again in fall when leaves are gone.