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Giant City State Park, IL

With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Carbondale is sure to delight visitors of all ages. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rappelling, its an outdoor lover's paradise. Visitors...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Apr 20 2015   Later Dates

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Alerts and Important Information
  • Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.
  • Park hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. - you must be off the trails by dusk.
  • No alcohol allowed in the day use area (within the park) from September 1 thru May 31 each year, adults of legal age(21) may have alcohol at their campsite throughout the year.
  • A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
  • At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  • Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only.
  • The maximum length of camping stay from May 1 through September 30 is 14 nights in any 30 day period.
  • All pets must be on a leash no longer then 10 feet, pet owners are responsible for their pets waste and must dispose of it properly. Owners must keep their pets quiet between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m (quiet time).
  • All visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00 p.m.
  • Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the parks office.
  • Equestian Campers - No alcohol allowed on Horse Trail. All pets must be kept on a leash.
  • Water hydrants - All campers may fill water tanks, but disconnect after full. All campers may not wash vehicles or campers, fill water ballons, or allow children to play in the water.
  • Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed off paved or graveled roads. All terrain vehicles are prohibited. No Bicycles are allowed on the trails. Motorized vehicles (scooters/golf carts) must be licensed to travel on roads.
  • All handicap sites must have proper indentification stating they are disabled. Security of State disability card, coded with a P2, M2A, P20 or a military disabilty card. The military disablity card must note you have camping privileges.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 618-457-4836
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    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
    *** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
    Overview

    Description

    With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Carbondale is sure to delight visitors of all ages. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rappelling, its an outdoor lover's paradise. Visitors will marvel at the many wilderness trails, and a sure treat awaits anyone hiking the Giant City Nature Trail, home of the "Giant City Streets" formed 12,000 years ago by huge bluffs of sandstone. Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, just minutes south of Carbondale, the area was named for the unique impression made by its massive sandstone structures. Eons of geological gaulting and folding have molded a landscape like none other, which is now clothed in lush garments of fern, moss, large flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and 75-plus varieties of towering trees. The natural splendor of Giant City has made it a renowend retreat that attracts more than 1.2 million visitors annually. Shelter bluffs, or rocks shelters, worn into the sides of the cliffs have revealed evidence of human habitation in this region from as early as 10,000 years ago, and the blackened ceilings caused by their fires are still visible today. On an 80-foot sandstone cliff near the main entrance, one can see the reamins of a Native American stone wall that was erected between A.D. 600-800.

    Booking Window

    Equestrian

    Wed Oct 29 2014 - Mon Apr 20 2015

    Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Shelter

    Wed Oct 29 2014 - Thu Oct 22 2015

    Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Standard

    Wed Oct 29 2014 - Mon Apr 20 2015

    Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Tue Apr 01 2014 Sun Nov 30 2014
    Walk In Mon Dec 01 2014 Tue Mar 31 2015
    Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Mon Nov 30 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Admin Service, Copying
    • Admin Service, Faxing
    • BATHHOUSE
    • Ball Field
    • Bath House
    • Campground Host
    • Camping, Equestrian
    • Camping, Primitive
    • Comfort Station
    • Dining
    • Dock, Boat
    • Dock, Fishing
    • Docks, Fishing/Crabbing
    • Dump Station, Camper
    • Fire Rings
    • First Aid Supplies
    • Fishing
    • Fishing, Pier
    • Fishing, Reservoir
    • Geological Formations
    • Grills
    • HISTORIC STRUCTURE/FEATURE
    • Hiking
    • Hiking - Difficult
    • Hiking - Moderate
    • Hiking Trail
    • Historic Sites
    • Horse Rentals
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hunting
    • Information/Contact Station
    • Interpretive Center
    • Interpretive Exhibit/Display
    • Interpretive Trail
    • Jogging/Running
    • Lodging, Cabins
    • Lookout Tower
    • Parking
    • Photography
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Pavilion
    • Picnic Shelter
    • Picnic Tables
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    • Recreation Programs
    • Recycling Station
    • Restaurant
    • Restrooms
    • Retail, Drinks
    • Retail, Firewood
    • Retail, Ice
    • Retail, Snacks
    • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
    • Rock Climbing
    • Shelters
    • Showers
    • Trails, Difficult Hiking
    • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
    • Trails, Equestrian
    • Trails, Moderate Hiking
    • Viewing Platform/Overlook
    • Walking
    • Water, Drinking
    • Wildflower Viewing
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Less Than 1 Mile
    • Church
    • Group/Community Facility
    • Newspapers
    • Seasonal Festivals
    • Sightseeing
    Greater Than 1 Mile
    • Aquarium Display
    • BOAT RAMP
    • Boating
    • Boating, Canoeing
    • Boating, Pedal
    • Canoe Rental
    • Canoeing
    • Fish Hatchery
    • Fuel, Boats
    • Golf
    • Kayak Rentals
    • Kennel
    • Marina
    • Paddle Boating
    • Powerboating
    • Rentals, Boat, Motorized
    • Rentals, Boat, Pedal
    • Retail, Bait & Tackle
    Within 10 Miles
    • Antiquing
    • Car Rentals
    • Cash Machine/Atm
    • Catering
    • Cottages
    • Cultural Activities
    • Emergency Services
    • Fuel, Vehicles
    • Golfing
    • Grocery Store
    • Mall
    • Orchard/Produce Farm
    • Outfitter
    • Propane
    • SWIMMING, RESERVOIR
    • Shopping
    Greater Than 10 Miles
    • Airport
    • Hospital
    • Maintenance, RV/Camper
    • Medical Clinic
    • Motel
    • PIER, FISHING
    • Programs, Nature
    • SCENIC DRIVING ROUTES
    • Skiing - Water
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    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    CANCELLATION POLICY:

    CAMPSITES, CABINS:
    Cancellations made prior to the minimum booking window for the facility will be provided a full refund minus the non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee. Cancellations made inside the minimum reservation window, but prior to arrival, will be charged the first nights campsite or cabin use fee as well as the $5.00 reservation fee. All remaining funds will be refunded.

    Cancellations (or early departures) made after the scheduled arrival date will be charged for the nights that have passed (or the minimum stay requirement, whichever is greater), plus one additional nights campground or cabin use fee and the $5.00 reservation fee. Any remaining funds will be refunded.

    No-shows will be charged the full amount of the campsite/cabin reservation fee and the $5.00 reservation fee, without refund.

    SHELTERS: The reservation fee for Shelters is $25 for each day the shelter is reserved. All Shelter fees are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Failure to clean up the area after you leave will result in a disposal fee of $50. Failure to pay the disposal fee will result in denial of future reservations until the fee is paid in full.
    Shelter Rentals: Shelter rentals are for day use only, not overnight stays.


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Apr 01 2014 -
    Nov 30 2014
    Standard $20.00-$30.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Equestrian $20.00-$30.00
    Walk In Season
    Dec 01 2014 -
    Mar 31 2015
    Standard $20.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Equestrian $20.00
    Peak Season
    Apr 01 2015 -
    Nov 30 2015
    Standard $20.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Equestrian $20.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    37.60694, -89.18944
    37°36'25"N, 89°11'22"W

    From the north: Take Interstate 57 South to the Route 13 exit (Carbondale - Exit 54B), head west (right) on Rt. 13 toward Carbondale, go approximately 15 miles. Look for Wal-Mart on your right. Turn left at this light (Giant City Road). Continue 12 miles to the south. Giant City Road will lead you into the park. From the south: Follow I-24 to I-57 North, or stay on I-57, to the Rt. 148 exit (Exit #45), head northwest on 148 for approximately 2 miles. Turn left on Grassy Road. There is a convenience store on this corner. Follow Grassy Road for 5-7 miles. Stay left when you come to a Y. Continue southwest on Grassy Road. Grassy Road will come to a T at Giant City Road. Turn south (left) on Giant City Road. Continue approximately 4 miles to the park. From the east: Head west on I-70 or, if you are further south, take I-64 to I-57 South. Continue approximately 50 miles south from I-64 to the Route 13 exit (Marion - Exit #54B), head west on Rt. 13 toward Carbondale, go approximately 15 miles. Look for Wal-Mart on your right. Turn left at this light (Giant City Road). Continue 12 miles to the south. Giant City Road will lead you into the park. From the west: Head east on I-64 approximately 50 miles from St. Louis. Take the Rt. 127 (Nashville) exit south. Continue south for approximately 50 miles to Murphysboro. At Murphysboro, go left or east for approximately 10 miles. You will pass through the town of Carbondale. Watch for the mall on your right. When you see Wal-Mart on your left, this is your light. Take a right here on Giant City Road heading south for 12 miles into the park.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    Giant City State Park
    235 Giant City Road
    Makanda  IL  62958

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (618)457-4836
    Additional Information