Giant City Nature Trail

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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.

1.9 miles
331 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



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.

4 months ago

Nice trail

5 months ago

fun hike.

6 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.

6 months ago

My 2 & 3 year olds loved this hike.

6 months 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.

7 months 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.

8 months ago

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

8 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!

8 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!

10 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.

10 months ago

It's only 1 mile

Monday, February 20, 2017

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Crowded but beautiful

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Amazing rock formations, went while it was snowing, beautiful!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Beautiful rock formations. I highly recommend going off the beaten path and exploring for a few hours.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The fact that it is so family friendly is why I gave it a 5 star. Absolutely amazing rock features. Don't miss the Middle!!!!! We just happened to take a small trail which headed to the center. It reminded me of the movie Labyrinth in the maze. The rest of the trail is really cool too.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

This is my family's go to get out of the house for a quick hike trail. It is a good little hike for a family with lots of areas to explore of the main trail. Great for younger kids.

Monday, September 19, 2016

great hike. well maintained. perfect for kids and adults

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great little hike, easy with some interesting geological features.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Very beautiful trail! Be careful there are big rocks and some are wet! But worth the hike!

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