Giant City Lodge

Giant City Lodge is part of a wooded, 4,052-acre Giant City State Park located in the Shawnee National Forest. At the Lodge you’ll discover a magnificent atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois where you can relax and enjoy Southern Illinois’ hospitality at its best.

The historic Lodge was named for the unusual rock formations that resemble towering buildings and winding streets of a mythical giant's town. It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp using sandstone and white oak timber construction, and sits on a hill, the highest point in the park.

The Lodge features 34 cabins with heat and air conditioning, full baths, TVs, telephones and forest views. The Bald Knob dining room with its rough-hewn ceiling and brass chandeliers is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is known for its "all you can eat" family-styled fried chicken. The Great room with its massive stone fireplace and much of the original oak furnishings still in use is a great place to unwind after a day of hiking or to play a board game with the family. Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, children's pool, gift shop and a meeting room capable of accommodating from 60 to 150 people.

Activities in the park include hiking, horseback riding, boating, and fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill.

Giant City Lodge is 12 miles south of Carbondale off Illinois 13 on Giant City Road. The Lodge and restaurant are closed from mid-December until the first weekend of February. For reservations please call us at 618-457-4921 or visit us at