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The Best Hiking in Makanda

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Top hiking spots in and near Makanda

  • Makanda, Illinois

    Trillium Trail

    1.22 mi / 253 ft gain
    The natural area you are now entering is 110 acres of bluffs and forest designated as Fern Rocks Nature Preserve. The reasons this was designated a preserve were to protect not only the sandstone bluffs, but also two endangered plants. The white flowered mint, and the grove bluegrass. many other ...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Stone Fort Trail

    0.55 mi / 226 ft gain
    Stone Fort Trail is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Makanda, Illinois.
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Hike the Stonefort Trail

    0.75 mi / 125 ft gain
    The massive stone wall was at one time 285 feet long, six feet high, and nine feet thick. The appearance of a “stone fort” or stone wall here at Giant City is one of at least ten in Southern Illinois.  The trail begins at the parking lot and traverses a intermittent cascade waterfall that is amaz...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Hike or Climb Devil's Standtable

    0.5 mi / 75 ft gain
    Devil's Standtable was once a large block of the bluff that cracked loose during earth movements. The wind and rain erosion of the surface removed the softer areas of sandstone in the mid-section of the pillar leaving the large base and iron embedded cap much larger, which creates the mushroom-li...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Devil's Standtable Trail

    0.26 mi / 75 ft gain
    Devil's Standtable Trail is a loop trail where you may see great forest setting located near Makanda, Illinois.
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Hike the Giant City Nature Trail

    1.1 mi / 125 ft gain
    Pioneers had not seen skyscrapers, so these sheer bluffs seemed like the “streets of a giant city” to them. Thus became the naming of a pinnacle state park in Illinois. Giant City State Park is a paradise for hikers, climbers, campers, and lovers of nature. Parts of the park reminds you of the Mi...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Giant City Nature Trail

    1.06 mi / 144 ft gain
    Giant City Nature Trail is a loop trail where you can see beautiful wildflowers located near Makanda, Illinois.
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  • Cobden, Illinois

    Indian Creek Shelter Nature Trail

    0.63 mi / 23 ft gain
    Indian Creek Shelter Nature Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Makanda, Illinois.
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  • Cobden, Illinois

    Hike Indian Creek Trail

    0.75 mi / 65 ft gain
    This wandering intermittent creek inside of Giant City State Park only flows in periods of heavy rain or after snow melts. Prior to a confluence with Drury Creek, the path comes to a mid sized shelter bluff wall. What this shelter lacks in sheer size, it made up for in importance to Native Americ...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Little Cedar Lake via Lirley Trailhead

    7.76 mi / 1309 ft gain
    Little Cedar Lake via Lirley Trailhead is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Makanda, Illinois.
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Explore the Giant City Lodge and Water Tower

    0.25 mi
    Like the rest of the park, the Giant City Lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's. The lodge's architecture will remind someone of great lodges of the West with its hardwood timber and sandstone blend that has a two story fireplace and rotunda to enjoy one of the be...
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Camp at Little Grassy Lake Campground

    Located within Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and along one of the most scenic lakes within the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois Little Grassy Lake Campground is a awesome place to camp for a night or a whole week. There are 14 full hook up campsites. 54 sites have water and electric acc...
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  • Carbondale, Illinois

    Fernlands Preserve Trail

    5.0
    0.69 mi / 46 ft gain
    Fernlands Preserve Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Carbondale, Illinois.
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  • Pomona, Illinois

    Cedar Lake Trail

    3 mi / 246 ft gain
    Cedar Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that take you by a lake located near Carbondale, Illinois.
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  • Grassy, Illinois

    Rocky Bluff Trail

    1.95 mi / 325 ft gain
    Rocky Bluff Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Carbondale, Illinois.
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  • Makanda, Illinois

    Hike Rocky Bluff Trail

    1.7 mi / 157 ft gain
    Rocky Bluff Trail in Southern Illinois is part of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge near Carbondale. It's a relatively easy loop hike at 1.7 miles. This trail is not stroller or disability friendly. The parking lot is small and requires a $2.00 daily use tag you can obtain at the Crab Orchard Wild...
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