GIANT CITY NATURE TRAIL
Location: Giant City State Park
Managed: Illinois DNR
Trail Type: Lollipop
Nearest Town: Makanda
Sandstone Bluffs, “Streets” of Giant City, Balanced Rock, Boardwalk, Easy Access
Slippery Rocks & Boardwalk, Crowds on the Weekends, Copperheads
Could this one-mile hike be the most popular trail in southern Illinois? The answer is quite possibly, Yes. The only other contender would be the Observation Trail at Garden of the Gods. Even if the Giant City Nature Trail is not the most popular, it still will not disappoint.
Why is this a popular trail? There are several reasons, but many would agree that it has a lot to do with its proximity to Carbondale, and its notable landmarks.
The landmarks appear around the half-way point into the hike. A scenic boardwalk leads one into “The Streets” of Giant City, which is where the park receives its name. The sandstone bluff has separated here and resembles an alleyway between large buildings.
As one exits “The Streets” another landmark comes into view, Balanced Rock. This sandstone boulder over time has become lodged between two ledges. The trail passes underneath the rock, making you wonder how long it will stay in its present place.
This one-mile hike is one of the “must-do’s” of southern Illinois. So be sure to put it one the list to visit next time you find yourself exploring the trails of Illinois.
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