Hidden on a side-road in Giant City State Park lies one of the best “kid-friendly” trails in the park. With its easy terrain and scenic bridges this will keep not only kids, active and engaged, but also adults.
INDIAN CREEK NATURE TRAIL
Location: Giant City State Park
Managed: Illinois DNR
Trail Type: Loop
Nearest Town: Makanda
Scenic Wet-Weather Creek, Spring Wildflowers, Intermittent Waterfall
Closed During Deer Hunting Season, Possible Muddy/Wet Areas On Trail, Heavy Rains Make Creek Dangerous, Limited Parking
When cars are piled two deep at the Giant City Nature Trail, it is possible to have Indian Creek all to yourself. Although it doesn’t have the formations and landmarks like some other trails in Giant City, it may soon become a favorite, because of the trails gentle grade and scenic bridges.
Located near the Giant City Lodge, between shelter #5 and the softball field is the side-road to the often over-looked Indian Creek Nature Trail.
Indian Creek, also has a vast array of spring wildflowers and since part of the trail lies in the creek’s floodplain, it is home to large cottonwoods and sycamores. Not only that, but if it has recently rained you may be in for a treat. About halfway through the hike is a scenic wet-weather waterfall.
Nearby is a sign that states that Woodland Native Americans once used this place for chert, which was useful for making arrowheads.
There are, also, two large wooden bridges that cross Indian Creek. These bridges not only help keep your feet dry when the creek is flowing, but are, also, great locations to snap the kids photo while they pose in the middle.
If you are looking for a short, easy hike away from the crowds of the main park, this is a nice hike that will not disappoint.
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