Looking for a great trail in Giant City State Park, Illinois? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Giant City State Park ranging from 0.7 to 1 miles and from 531 to 708 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Loved this trail perfect for families. Features plenty of cliff faces large rocks and a small creek runoff. Short but was able to let the kids run free while we enjoyed the scenery

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rocky
8 days ago

Trail was small had trouble walking side by side. was neat towards the end had a really cool cave and some great cliff faces to take photos at. Will visit again in the spring.

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muddy
15 days ago

Short, easy trail.

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muddy
15 days ago

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muddy
over grown
rocky
16 days ago

My spouse and I explored this trail 2/2/19 had a perfect 55 degree day for a long hike in middle of winter. We really enjoyed the first half of the trail despite being so close to the main roads and crossing them 6x before we got deep in the woods. If your a sightseer and like taking photos I wouldn't recommend this trail as it only features a creek and a couple small waterfalls. Had no issues with markers like many of the other reviews. Just have to pay attention to your surroundings. We completed in just under 8hours including stops. "TRAIL LENGTH IS ACCTUALLY 12MILES"

Very easy, quick hike. Beautiful, moss-covered rock formations. If you're looking for something that takes less than an hour, this is it.

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over grown
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice hike to do in between classes. Finished in 45 minutes and took my time. Really beautiful cliffs!

1 month ago

This trail has great water features and is not very crowded. Small walkable pathways next to cliff faces make you feel hidden within the forest.

on Trillium Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Clearly marked if you pay attention to the signage. Great views and unbeatable rock formations. Probably my favorite trail I've walked in Southern Illinois/southeast Missouri.

Short trail leading to the bottom of a large rock face. During wet weather there is a nice water fall you can walk behind. Great trail for a beginner or someone that wants a 10 minute hike. Large parking lot

Well blazed, but it was hard to see the path so we really had to focus on the blazes had to be careful near the rocky parts because it was raining.

Really cool and short trail with great rock formations.

Love this park. Out in true nature but has enough roads and trails and markings that I feel totally safe veering from the path and doing some free climbing on the rock formations. Also Giant City has some great spots for beginner climbers, I was taught on I believe it's called Camel's Hump.

3 months ago

memorable

Great short trail

3 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the park.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful scenery and great sunlight through the trees. Very peaceful. My dog enjoyed it too.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful short trail. If you are a moderate to experienced hiker or are in good shape this is a good one. Lots of rocks and roots to keep your feet busy and pretty scenic views of the sand stone bluffs. There are a few significant climbs which make the hike super fun! This is NOT a buffed out trail. No wimps, no whining.

Hiking 10/19/18 - Beautiful area! The trail was marked great in most places but missing several important places so that we were wandering around looking for a direction- losing time and adding 3 miles to the hike. Finished in 9 hours with moderate speed, stopped once for lunch for around 45 minutes. The alltrails app was a life saver! No ticks, very few bugs/spiders as mentioned in other posts.

Trails are horribly marked.. we spent hours going in circles trying to figure out which way to go..

hiking
4 months ago

A nice, short trail, mainly for sight-seeing. Gorgeous rock formations. Great for kids!

backpacking
4 months ago

one of the most horribly blazed trail I have ever been on, blazing is good through the first half right up to about 300yds from the road then you have to walk out of the woods and find the horse R2R trail to take you back up, no blazes, then at the top of the BIG hill where the trail splits, do not follow the the red/white trail blaze it will walk you 3/4 of a mile out of your way to a horse trail, instead stay on the R2R trail at the split and you should be fine. I ended up walking 9 miles to a 6 mile campsite. I was there 9/29 and little water on late trail get your water early.

A nice walk through the woods. I was caught off guard by an incoming cold front and the temp dropped nearly 20 degrees when I was halfway in. I had decided to shed some weight before heading out and not pack my down. That was a huge mistake that I won't make again.

It’s really fun, they’re all pretty easy around giant city, except for fat man squeeze. If you stop at the lodge they’re tell you where it’s at. I think they might be a picture of it up there, but there is a big crack in a rock wall you can try to squeeze through and it’s an entertaining thing to watch or try!

This is a cool rock, but it’s hard to see and the trail is a bit unclear. I did like the large cavelike overhang. Better rock fun at Giant City Nature Trail though.

Nice trail to walk with friends. Lots of rocks to climb and some trails that split off the main path that are a little more challenging but scenic.

on Stone Fort Trail

5 months ago

very short. poorly marked.

hiking
5 months ago

A good one to do in Giant City.

hiking
5 months ago

When we did this, it was tough to stay on trail in spots. If we do it again, it will be in late fall or winter. I was picking ticks off constantly.

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