Giant City Nature Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews
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Giant City Nature Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Makanda, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
383 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The Giant City Nature Trail is a moderate hiking trail located within the Giant City State Park trail system near Makanda, Il. L, The trail located near the Devils Standtable, an amazing rock formation and is perfect for wildlife viewing, photography, and exploring. As you begin the trail at one of the picnic area parking lots the trail features gravel or flagstone steps originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) companies during the mid-1930's. This is a loop trail that passes by several features of interest to children, including a maze of low walls and crevices that are fun for climbing, along with a couple short tunnels, leading to Fat Man's Squeeze. Native White Oak, Shagbark Hickory, Dogwood and Maple are common along the trail along with abundant seasonal wildflowers. The trail continues on and you walk under a very large balanced rock. As you head downhill, and under a huge sandstone shelf, you can easily visualize how Native Americans used these shelters as protection from the weather.

My 2 & 3 year olds loved this hike.

hiking
12 days ago

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.

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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.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

We've hiked this trail many times over the years with kids and grandkids and it never gets old. It's a slightly challenging hike with twists and turns and amazing nature effects. Highly recommended!

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2 months ago

It was a great hour spent hiking with the wife. Really well done trail and allows people to make the trail as difficult as they would like. I'd definitely do it again!

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3 months ago

One of the main trails that is in the park. River to river trail access. Gravel trail with scenic bluff overlooks. Several caves. Believe it's 3/4 mile.

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