Giant City State Park
Visitor Enjoying the Fall Colors
Giant City State Park has over 4,000 acres of Forest, Bluffs, Ponds, & Streams, with limitless opportunities for outdoor enthusiast. The unspoiled beauty of the park will take your breath away. Visitors of all ages will love all that the park has to offer, just south of Carbondale the park is remote yet within a short drive of civilization. Camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, and horseback riding will keep you busy by day. The park got is name from the Streets of Giant City, found along the nature trail, 12,000 year old sandstone formations resembling city buildings with narrow passageways for “streets”.
The Giant City Visitor Center is a great place to start your day. It is filled with many displays of local wildlife, and includes a large three dimensional topographic map of the park. Everyone who works there is very helpful and can assist in planning your day of adventure.
The park has two designated rock climbing and rappelling areas. Follow the link for more information, Rock Climbing Information
If horseback riding is your thing you can BYOH or go to Giant City Stables and rent one. The park features an equestrian campground and a twelve mile trail around the entire park.
The park has many acres of land where hunting is permitted. Why not see if you can bag one of those trophy deer Southern Illinois is know for. Hunter Fact Sheet.