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Stone Fort Trail is a 0.4 mile loop trail located near Makanda, Illinois that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 0.4 miles Elevation Gain: 82 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips




historic site

From Carbondale, take Highway 51 south to the yellow smiley-face water tower, then turn left and drive into Makanda. Cross the railroad, turn left along the Makanda business district, and continue north out of town (with the railroad on your left) until you come to the park entrance. Giant City Park can also be reached from the northwest by taking Giant City Blacktop south from east Highway 13 at University Mall or from the east end of Grand Avenue.)

4 months ago

Beautiful views very short. Good rocky incline

recorded Stone Fort Trail

6 months ago

11/02/19 51F, Sunny. Easy short hike.

7 months ago

This trail was easy however it has some overlooks but not as scenic as others I've hiked. Still fun though.

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7 months ago

Really interesting hike. Bit of a steep trail but it's worth it once you get to those amazing views.

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10 months ago

nice short trail, decent scenery. not well marked, which can be good for those hikers who prefer trailing off a bit.

11 months ago

My kids loved walking on the rocks in the creek. Halfway through the trail we got a bit lost and had to go back the way we came to get back to the start.

Mon May 27 2019

Short trail, great for kids and/or a dog.

Mon May 13 2019

a pleasant short hike

Sun Feb 10 2019

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

Sun Feb 03 2019

Short, easy trail.

Tue Oct 30 2018

Great short trail

Sat Sep 01 2018

very short. poorly marked.

Wed Aug 15 2018

Short, rugged, and very scenic trail that climbs alongside a wet-weather waterfall and skirts (sometimes almost perilously so) the tops of some tall cliffs. A great short hike to tackle after work or school.

Sun May 06 2018

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

Sat Mar 03 2018

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

Tue Jan 30 2018

great cliff to picnic on

Fri Aug 25 2017

short hike with great view

Wed Apr 19 2017

Climb beside a waterfall just be careful rocks are slippery. Up to the stonewall interestin to think what that wall was actually used for.

Thu Mar 30 2017

easy short hike

Fri Mar 24 2017

I did this trail with my son last summer. We both thought the Stonewall was interesting, but I thought the best part was hiking along side the edge of the Bluffs. It's great and has a lot to offer for such a short hike!

Tue Feb 28 2017

Interesting history. Short hike, do it to see the wall.

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