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Southernmost Illinois

Makanda, Gateway to Giant City and Outdoor Adventure

With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park is sure to delight visitors of all ages. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rappelling, it's an outdoor lover's paradise. Visitors will marvel at the many hiking trails. Especially popular is the Giant City Nature Trail, home of the "Giant City Streets" - huge bluffs of sandstone formed 12,000 years ago.

  • 1.

    Little Grassy Fish Hatchery

    Little Grassy Fish Hatchery

    One fish two fish, red fish blue fish! Well, Bluegill and Redear Sunfish anyway.

  • 2.

    Giant City Stables

    Giant City Stables

    Saddle up for trail rides with experienced wranglers through private trails

  • 3.

    Giant City State Park Visitors Center

    Giant City State Park Visitors Center

    Learn about the 'Giant Streets' that gave the park its name and get maps and trail details. 8 - 4 daily.

  • 4.

    Giant City Lodge

    Giant City Lodge

    Don't miss this rustic beauty, a great place to refuel your body after an active day!

  • 5.

    Makanda Boardwalk

    Makanda Boardwalk

    Makanda: The Most Hippie Town In Illinois. Visit the unique shops on the Makanda boardwalk.

  • 6.

    Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

    Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

    Enjoy the breeze zipping through the trees!

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