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Giant City State Park

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Enjoyed our adjoining cabins, the fried chicken at the Lodge, the gift shop, and the beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ridgway, United States
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Park is beautiful. Went when trees were peak fall colors took a trail a mile walk BEAUTIFUL... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Missouri City, Missouri
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“rock formations”(16 reviews)
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235 Giant City Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3207
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our adjoining cabins, the fried chicken at the Lodge, the gift shop, and the beautiful setting. Food, other than the family-style fried chicken meals, seemed to be lacking. The spinach salad seemed soggy, and the tilapia was not really as described on the menu....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Park is beautiful. Went when trees were peak fall colors took a trail a mile walk BEAUTIFUL. Visitor Center very impressive and informative. Had dinner at lodge very tasty. Highly recommend visiting here. You won’t be disappointed

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here back the late 70's and ate here when our daughter was a student at SIU, but had never hiked the trails. The hiking was fairly easy and the scenery was fabulous. Make sure to hike the Giant City nature trail it is...More

Thank JosephN1932
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Awesome State Park. Very cool trails, great cliffs and natural areas. You can bring your own horse. Self guided and beautiful. A treasure.

Thank DDS140
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Very nice hosts, helpful and watched over the campground. Kept clean, very nice shower house. We had trees behind us, a good mixture of small to huge RVs and tents. Recommend!

Thank Carla V
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Camped here for the first time over Labor Day weekend and it was great! Bathrooms and showers were clean and well maintained despite of what appeared to be a completely booked park. It was calm and peaceful, everyone seemed very respectful of each other and...More

Thank Compass499033
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Enjoyable horseback ride with experienced leaders. Enjoyed climbing the water tower and the 1 hour Nature trail with our dog. Stopped by the Scratch Brewing Company on the way back to Kinkaid Lake Sportsmans Lodge to go boating on Kinkaid Lake. Very enjoyable day in...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

America has a great tradition for preserving National parks and many of them are famous worldwide but there are many smaller preserved areas ( not designated national parks ) which are hidden gems Giant city state park in Carbondale is one such gem with many...More

Thank duag27
Reviewed 21 August 2018

This is a beautiful place lots of trails. We camped the area and it was a reall nice place to explore

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 6 August 2018

I had such a good time at Giant City State Park! I was on a road trip with no real set destinations. The tourist magazine at my hotel had some pictures of Giant City State Park, so I decided to try it out. The GPS...More

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15 October 2018|
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Response from StrangeTripper | Reviewed this property |
no mountain, but many sandstone cliffs along a river valley..... back in the day, like in the 80's, giant city was a rappelling destination, but not sure nowadays..... prolly better to make the relatively short trek to... More
18 July 2018|
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Response from LauraS107 | Reviewed this property |
Not that we saw. There is an outdoor pool if you stay at the Giant City Lodge.
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3 March 2018|
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Response from Darren O | Reviewed this property |
sorry for the delay. I am not sure. I hope you can find them to your liking.