Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Giant City State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Quick, easy, family friendly trail. The creek is fun for kids to play in when there is enough water.

May 2018

In Giant city State Park is the Devil's Standtable Trail. From the paved parking lot cross the road and you'll be at this giant rock pinnacle in minutes. The best view is from behind the large wooden sign in the woods where you can stand beside the cliff for an unobstructed view/photo.

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.

Quick little trail, interesting to see the rock fort and hike up a beautiful cascading waterfall.

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.

I Brought 3 of my dogs and it was a lot of fun. Definitely would recommend it.

Fairly busy trail. Not a lot of privacy but it had beautiful sites of sandstone rock ledges surrounded in local history.

This is a really great trail. However listen to other reviewers and take the trail counter clockwise. I chose to take trail clockwise and spent excess time going up hills. I completed trail In 6 hours. I did stop at red cedar trail campground there are picnic tables, fire pits, and bathrooms. Brought quick snack to refuel for energy.

And completed the entire trail in 1 day (6 hours). If time was available I would have loved to spent the night at the campground. I will be back to try this trail again.

I saw several turkeys, squirrels, and birds. No snakes thank goodness.

Some trail tips take bug spray tick repellant. Bring extra water. Watch where you step on the rocks they are slippery. The trail for most part is well marked, there were a few points I had to look @ the map. The trail is marked with white diamond w a red circle. The trail does interloop with river to river trail and horse trail, just make sure to look for those white diamonds because they can be easy to miss if your looking at the beauty of the hike.

This hike was sweet. It doesn’t go in a loop unless i couldn’t see the trail properly. We went a little off trail to hang out on the rocks.

backpacking
1 month ago

fun trail. had to look at the map once or twice, but besides that had a good hike.

Great easy hike! Well maintained trail with gravel, stairs, wooden decking, and lots of trail signs. It's a perfect hike for kids with great variety and rock formations!

Easy hike and so beautiful!! The rock formations are beautiful. Try to catch it after a good rain for some pretty waterfalls. Loved this!

short, easy hike with tons of fun climbing opportunities make this perfect for a group with mixed abilities.

Very short hike. Cool rock formations that are easy to get to. I'd probably give this trail an easy rating vs. moderate. All trails are gravel so kind of hard on your feet.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with historic artifacts and great overlooks.
With: Donna Tomlinson & Matt Tomlinson

Nice quick hike to with the added bonus of getting some All Trails points ;- ]
With: Donna Tomlinson and Matt Tomlinson

Nice trail. Easy to follow. The waterfall is pretty active, due to recent rain. Be careful on wooden bridges. They are slippery.

3 months ago

great cliff to picnic on

hiking
5 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
6 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
6 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

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.

fun hike.

hiking
8 months ago

short hike with great view

hiking
8 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
8 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.

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