Location: 10 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois and I
mile southeast of Makanda, Illinois in Jackson and Union counties.
Description: Located in the Shawnee Hills of Southern
Illinois, with topography that is considered rugged. Many sandstone
bluffs and steep ravines exist. Some of the most striking examples of
stream erosion in sandstone are found in this area. Active habitat
management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.
Total acres: 4,052
Forest Cover: 3,700
or Fallow Fields: 180
Most Prevalent Game
White Tail Deer
Squirrel Turkey Dove Crow
Other Facilities Available:
- 16 ponds are located
within the park, with 13 holding fishable populations of bluegill &
- 8 hiking trails,
totaling approximately 17 miles in length, offer spectacular views.
- Picnic areas with
playgrounds, shelters, outdoor privies and outdoor grills are located
throughout the site.
- Camping: 86 Family
Class "A" sites offer water, electricity, sanitary dump station,
showers & flush toilets.
- 14 primitive Class
"C" sites. 25 Equestrian Class "A" campsites.
- Youth group camp capable
of accommodating 125 people.
- A backpacking campsite
is available on Red Cedar Trail.
Site Specific Regulations:
1. All hunters must SIGN IN and OUT and
report harvest each day at the registration boxes before leaving the
site. Sign-in sheets are located at the Wildlife Biologist's office and at
the front area of the class A campground.
2. Hunting is restricted to those areas posted
as OPEN TO HUNTING. Please review the site map!
3. The area surrounding the Giant City Stables
trails are closed to hunting from May 1 thru October 31.
4. Squirrel season opens the day after Labor
Day through the end of the statewide season, .22 caliber rim fire rifles may be
utilized in the Union County portion of the park only.
5. Portable stands are allowed for deer hunting. No
permanent stands, screw-in steps or other devices that pierce the bark of the
tree allowed. Tree stands must be legibly marked with the owner's name,
address, and telephone number when left unattended. Tree stands may be left
unattended only from September 15 to January 31. Only one tree stand per
hunter. Deer (Archery/Firearm/Muzzleloader/Youth), statewide regulations apply.
6. Hunters engaged in quail and/or rabbit hunting
must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at
least 400 square inches.
7. No waterfowl hunting is allowed on park
8. Trapping by permit only. Designated areas
only. See Visitor's Center staff for site specific permit.
9. Crow hunting is allowed Jan.1 through the close
of the state-wide season.
10. Additional rules and regulations will be posted
at the Visitor's Center.
For further information,
Superintendent, Giant City State Park, 235 Giant City Rd., Makanda, IL 62958,
Phone: (618) 457-4836