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Best trails in Makanda

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Looking for a great trail near Makanda, Illinois? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, forest 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Giant City State Park or Ferne Clyffe State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Piney Creek Ravine or Heron Pond Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Makanda ranging from 0.7 to 7.8 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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Map of trails in Makanda
Top trails (8)
#1 - Giant City Nature Trail
Giant City State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 31 m
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.Show more
#2 - Panther Den Loop
Panther Den Wilderness
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
#3 - Trillium Trail
Giant City State Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 38 m
#4 - Red Cedar Trail
Giant City State Park
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 4 h 21 m
#5 - Devil's Standtable Trail
Giant City State Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
The Devil's Standtable trail leads to a unique geologic formation that has dominates the bluff line. The mushroom rock is a large free-standing pillar of sandstone.Show more
#6 - Stone Fort Trail
Giant City State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
#7 - Indian Creek Shelter Nature Trail
Giant City State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 18 m
The trail loops through a small valley providing an example of bluff shelters used by the early native Americans. The seasonal stream helped provide water and the The native Americans found these bluff shelters to be dry and suitable for habitation or for temporary shelter. This shelter bluff is not large but in facing south, it gave protection from winter winds and provided extended daylight especially in the early and late hours of the day. Full service campgrounds are found in the park.Show more
#8 - Little Cedar Lake via Lirley Trailhead
Shawnee National Forest
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m