Giant City State Park

The number of beautiful hiking spots in Southern Illinois still baffles me. Not only is there Shawnee National Forest, but there is also Giant City State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Cache River State Natural Area, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, the list goes on. Sufficient to say, I have a lot more exploring to do.

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While at Shawnee National Forest with Women Who Hike – Illinois for Memorial Day Weekend, we also spent some time in Giant City State Park which is located in between the East and West sections of the national forest.

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We hiked the 2 mile Trillium Trail that the park considers rugged due to the steep accent up the cliff and then back down. If you take your time, the elevation change really isn’t too bad.

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The Trillium Trail is located in the Fern Rocks Nature Preserve section of Giant City State Park. The preserve protects the sandstone bluff, premier bird habitat, and a variety of plant species.

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After hiking the Trillium Trail, a couple of us made our way to the Giant City Lodge for lunch in the Beautiful Bald Knob dining room. On Sundays they have a fixed menu of family style fried chicken dinner with all you can eat fried chicken, mashed potatoes, dumplings, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, and apple butter.

Other trails on my Bucket List for Giant City State Park are:

  • Devil’s Standtable Nature Trail
  • Giant City Nature Trail